Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s (WCHG) development arm Garden City Homes, is proud to announce the launch of its £26m Scholars Fields development of 147 new homes - 80 shared ownership, 29 outright sales and 38 rent to buy apartments.
Scholars Fields, WCHG’s largest development to date, has gained momentum with the launch of the sales office and show home. It forms part of WCHG’s £100m development programme which will deliver 836 new homes over the next few years and a sustainable legacy for the Wythenshawe Community.
Built on a nine acre site on Simonsway adjacent to the Manchester Enterprise Academy, Scholars Fields provides a mix of two-bed and three-bed houses and two-bed apartments, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2020. The development is part funded with a £3.3m grant from Homes England, the government’s affordable housing agency.
WCHG were delighted to welcome to the launch guests Christine Hill from Homes England, MP Mike Kane, Woodhouse Park Councillor Eddy Newman, Principal of the Manchester Enterprise Academy, David Bell, and Mark Rainey Strategic Lead for Neighbourhoods Manchester City Council.
Christine Hill for Homes England said, “We’re pleased to see the Scholars Fields development taking shape. Homes England is committed to investing in shared ownership and rent to buy schemes that help people access the homes they need in the places they want to live – that’s why we’re supporting WCHG through our grant funding programme.”
Chair of the WCHG Board the Bishop of Manchester, The Right Revd, Dr David Walker, said, “Scholars Fields will be a welcome addition to WCHG’s impressive development portfolio providing much needed new homes for the Wythenshawe community offering a varied tenure to support families. The development will provide training and job opportunities for local people, to support the Housing Group’s vision of making Wythenshawe a place where people choose to live and work.”
WCHG Group Chief Executive Nick Horne said,“We are delighted to launch this exciting new development to create much needed affordable housing for this area, extending choices for local people wishing to rent or buy. We have a diverse vibrant community with a young and growing population and this development of 147 new homes will be another landmark development for the Group following on from its Village 135 extra care scheme”.
Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon in the North said, “As a local company, it is great to be back in Wythenshawe and we aim to use local companies wherever possible to deliver the project. We are focused on helping to raise the aspirations and opportunities available to local people, and committed to providing a range of jobs and training on our sites.”
Willmott Dixon was recently awarded the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the category of ‘promoting opportunity’ in recognition of its community and social value work.
To find out more about WCHG’s development and new build programme please contact the Development Team on 0300 777 7177 or by email on Development@wchg.org.uk.