Summer start for proposed Telford estate if it gets green light

Work to build a new multi-million pound housing estate on a land once used by the military may start in the summer if the scheme gets the green light.

Computerised design for an extra care village as part of a proposed 329-home development, in Donnington Wood Way, in Telford
Computerised design for an extra care village as part of a proposed 329-home development, in Donnington Wood Way, in Telford

Homes developer Lovell has joined forces with Nuplace, a company set up to manage council housing in Telford & Wrekin borough and The Wrekin Housing Group to put up 329 homes on brownfield site in Donnington Wood to meet demand.

The scheme includes extra care home for residents with conditions such as dementia, selection of one, two, three and four-bedroom properties, including bungalows on 38 acres of land between Granville Road and Donnington Wood Way. It will comprise homes for open market sale, private and affordable rent and rent to buy subject to planning permission.

The site is now open fields and woodland used for grazing horses, but in the past it has seen military and industrial use.

Lovell regional managing director Stuart Penn said: “We’re thrilled to have submitted a planning application to bring these much-needed multi-tenure homes to Telford in partnership with Nuplace and The Wrekin Housing Group.

“The development will deliver a wide variety of homes that meet the needs of the local community with various options to help residents get onto the property ladder through shared ownership, affordable, private rent and open market homes.”

Nuplace director Kate Callis said: “We are delighted to be working with partners to deliver this new scheme which supports the council’s wider housing strategy by providing homes designed for the whole community.

"Nuplace aims to provide long term secure housing solutions and we are particularly excited to be delivering more accessible and adaptable housing on this site, which will complement the dementia care and supported living units being delivered for The Wrekin Housing Group.”

Wrekin Housing's group chief executive Wayne Gethings said: “It’s great to see this major project move forward to the planning stage. Through the delivery of affordable family housing, retirement accommodation and community spaces the development will make a real difference to people’s lives in Donnington and we look forward to working with our partners during this process to make that a reality.”

Lovell has previously worked with Nuplace on projects including the new homes planned for Donnington Wood bringing the total number of homes delivered in Telford through this partnership to almost 900. This is in addition to a further 400 delivered by the firm independently in the borough.

Telford & Wrekin Council has secured £3.3m of funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver preparation works towards the scheme including the installation of two new roads off Donnington Wood Way to serve the development.

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