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Locking Parklands to deliver more new homes for Somerset

Published date : 13 December 2012

Work is officially underway on the next phase of housing at the award-winning £400m mixed-use community of Locking Parklands in Weston-super-Mare.

St. Modwen, the developer responsible for the regeneration of the former RAF Locking site, and landowner the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), marked a new programme of work delivering 150 more new homes at the 200 acre sustainable community.

Named The Meadows, the homes in this latest phase are being developed by St. Modwen Homes – the housebuilding arm of St. Modwen – and will be available to be reserved from plan by February 2013. The majority will comprise of two and three bedroom houses and two bedroom apartments, whilst a small number of larger, four bedroom homes will be made available in the future. Thirty per cent of the total number of properties will be allocated as affordable housing.

This new phase of homes follows the completion of 70 out of a total of 100 high-specification, sustainable homes developed by St. Modwen Homes at The Parklands and The Woodlands phases at Locking Parklands. To date, 66 families have moved into the community with a further 14 reservations also expected to be completed during the early part of the New Year. The development has proved extremely popular, with more than half of the homes at The Woodlands phase sold off-plan.

The Locking Parklands development was recently honoured as one of the top three housing schemes in the UK at the annual What House Awards for its wide range of properties and excellent designs. When complete, it will deliver up to 1,500 new homes with a mixture of type, size and design available, providing new build properties for first time buyers, those moving up the property ladder and downsizers.

Robin Smith, Technical Director of St. Modwen Homes, said:

"Following strong sales for the first phase of homes at Locking Parklands, we’re pleased to be moving forward into the New Year with the delivery of more much needed new homes for Weston. With 66 families already living at the community, we are now focusing on developing properties that will accommodate first time buyers, family-starters and downsizers. These new properties will be constructed to match the high quality finish of the first homes built to offer high levels of energy efficiency. With the first play areas completed this autumn and the first office space nearing completion, prospective buyers can be part of a place that has a sense of community."

Jay Lambe, HCA Area Manager, added:

“It's great news that work is underway on the next phase at Locking Parklands, building on the excellent progress that’s been made on this important and exciting scheme to date. This project is important because it meets the local need for new homes, jobs and training opportunities. It’s exciting because people can now see the bold vision partners have had for this scheme coming to life. I’m looking forward to seeing work continue on this vanguard project in 2013.”

Side by side with the first phase of housing, on-going work is also expected to near completion on the first 6,000 sq ft office building this month. Constructed to accommodate local small to medium size businesses, a terrace of three 2,000 sq ft units will have the potential to create up to 60 jobs. When complete, the wider development will comprise of 650,000 sq ft of employment space creating an estimated 2,000 job.

The HCA has invested around £6m in the first phase of development, taking the total level of investment in Locking Parklands to more than £12.2m since 2002.

Photographed from left to right: Robin Smith, St. Modwen Technical Director; Jay Lambe, HCA Area Manager; Nick Seddon, St. Modwen Construction Manager, and Chris Winters, St. Modwen Site Manager. » Locking Parklands website

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