Construction work on 75 new homes in Oxford Road, Aylesbury, will begin later this month, developers have announced.
The £9m scheme at the former location of Bearbrook House, near the TA Centre, will consist of 49 homes for private sale, 20 for affordable rent and six for shared ownership, split across a mix of one and two bedroom flats and two and three bedroom houses.
The development, which will be named Drake’s Place, is a joint venture between affordable housing contractor, Wates Living Space and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Its go-ahead follows Wates being successful in a design competition held by the HCA and it was granted planning permission by Aylesbury Vale District Council earlier this year.
The first homes are expected to be completed and ready for occupation by late summer 2014.
Dan Myers, senior area manager of the HCA, said: “Bringing forward surplus public land for development to drive housing growth is an important goal for the HCA, so it is great news that these new homes will be built at the Bearbrook House site.
“The houses that will be built here will transform disused land into a quality neighbourhood to the benefit of the whole area.”
Wates Living Space says the homes will be built to high standards of energy efficiency with all properties completed to the same specification and quality.
There will also be a ‘comprehensive training and employment programme for the people of Aylesbury as the site progresses’.
This will include the appointment of a number of site-based apprentices through Wates and the supply chain and the provision of construction skills work placements for students at Aylesbury College.
Andy Doylend, partnership housing director at Wates Living Space, said: “What Wates Living Space has succeeded to do in partnership with the HCA in Aylesbury is put together an innovative scheme to bring this redundant brownfield site, which has lain vacant for years, back into use to provide much-needed homes for the local community.
“It is our express intention to use our joint venture with the HCA to create employment and training opportunities for students and those who are unemployed and ensure our presence on site makes a tangible difference to the lives of local people.”