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New affordable home development in Yeovil helps meet the housing demand in South Somerset

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A £5.8 million affordable housing development has been officially opened in Yeovil.

Councillor Ric Pallister, previously Leader of South Somerset District Council and Executive member for Housing, was delighted to unveil the homes on the former Seaton's Garage site in Yeovil, now named Fosse Park Road.

The houses, provided in partnership with Stonewater, have been developed to help tackle the shortage of good quality, affordable housing across the District and particularly in Yeovil. Fosse Park Road has also received more than £300,000 in grant-funding from South Somerset District Council to aid the provision of the affordable rental and shared ownership homes.

The development consists of 40 one, two, three and four bedroom homes. Alongside these are 18 two and three bedroom homes for low cost shared-ownership. Fosse Park Road also features five units for those with learning disabilities needing short-term secure placements, and with a sixth unit to meet the care and support requirements

The properties have all been designed to be energy-efficient, and are located within a 10-minute walk of Yeovil town centre and close to schools, shopping and bus and rail services.

Councillor Ric Pallister, previously Leader of South Somerset District Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing, says: "This is yet another success story for the people of South Somerset which confirms Stonewater's position as our leading provider of new affordable housing. It is building what our people want and in the locations where they are most needed. I am even more delighted by the delivery of the learning disability units which are in very short supply and having five new units at Fosse Park where they are integrated into the community is a major success.

"I believe these units will provide the blueprint for meeting this specialist need in the future across Somerset. Stonewater is a pleasure to work with and this scheme represents true partnership working in meeting housing demand in South Somerset."

Stonewater has a long-standing connection with South Somerset District Council. It currently owns and manages 996 homes in the District. The social housing provider is also working on a 14-home development in Stoke-sub-Hamdon near Yeovil offering affordable accommodation.

"It's a real pleasure to see this smart new development now brought to life," said James Bradbury, Deputy Director of Development at Stonewater. "Schemes like Fosse Park Road are essential to helping people that are often priced-out of good quality homes by rising house costs, find high quality homes in an area that they want to live. We have enjoyed working again with South Somerset District Council and look forward to continuing our successful partnership and building more much-need affordable homes where they are most needed in the District."

Above: Councillor Ric Pallister cuts the ribbon to officially open the new housing development at Fosse Park Road, Yeovil.

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