Completed developments

Completed developments

We build homes for a wide range of customers with a wide range of circumstances. That’s why our development programme is so diverse.

We do it all, from specialised accommodation, to S106 sites, to Community Land Trusts, to independent living, to homes for outright sale. No two schemes are the same.

Community Land Trust, Garman’s Field, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Building homes in rural areas can be challenging. Sites are hard to come by. Planning often leads to Nimbyism (not in my backyard). Utility infrastructure is thin on the ground. And developments are expensive.

But we don’t think people should be priced out of the countryside. Because diversity of experience, and socioeconomic status, make for a vibrant community. And better support networks.

That’s why we work with Community Land Trusts (CLT), to build new homes and put communities at the heart of our rural schemes.

Our most recent CLT scheme in Lyme Regis resulted in 15 affordable homes for rent. And was a success due to the strong partnership between our development team and the Lyme Regis CLT. All homes were allocated to families or individuals with a link to the local area.

We’ve also completed CLT schemes in Dalwood, Devon, and Norton-sub-Hamdon in Somerset.

Specialised Housing, Westfield Academy

Yarlington Housing Developments - Westfield AcademySpecialised housing for people with disabilities is in short supply in the Somerset area. So, when the Local Authority identified three families in need of it, we set about finding a site. Supported by a grant from the LA, we secured three, three-bed bungalows. And built a financially-viable development, designed to meet the families’ current and future needs.

Each property is adaptable, has a wet room, large turning areas, fall and rise sinks, and ceiling joists designed to support hoists. As well as the potential to add a further bedroom in the loft.

 

Rural exception site, South Cadbury

 

After building three homes in the village of South Cadbury, we secured an exception site to meet further housing needs in the area.

Our first development received some initial opposition. But following effective property management and a resulting success, we were welcomed back to develop a further six new homes in the small community. Two for shared ownership and four for social rent.

In line with our commitment to work with local businesses, we appointed Jones Building Group as the key contractors.

 

Independent living extra care scheme, Melrose Court, Poundbury, Dorset

Yarlington Housing Developments - Melrose Court

At the start of 2018, we celebrated the completion of our largest independent living extra care scheme to date, Melrose Court. Investing over £12m we have provided a state of the art, 63 home extra care scheme with 13 of the properties being for shared ownership.

We invested £12 million into this 63-home development, which includes 13 shared ownership properties. All one and two-bedroom apartments have been meticulously designed to empower customers and support independent living.

Alarms were fitted throughout the building. All flats have video entry access. Recesses outside the homes on the first three floors are dementia-friendly and painted in easy-to-identify colours. And the stair and lift lobbies are similarly decorated to help with quick recognition.

The development used a zero-waste, pre-panelled steel frame, so the impact on the environment was minimal. And it was built to a high standard of thermal, acoustic, and fire protection, resulting in significant time and cost savings.

Mixed tenure: General Needs and Shared Ownership, S106 site, Lufton, Yeovil

Our 59-unit Lufton development (half for rent, half for shared ownership) completed in early 2016.

Although it was part of a S106 agreement, we took control of the land at ‘golden brick’ and managed the build. Which proved challenging when the key contractor went into liquidation. But our team worked hard to keep the schedule on track and minimised the impact on the local economy by retaining most of the original sub-contractors. The development also prompted other proposed builds in the area, including a school and shops.

A shared owner resident said, “My new home has exceeded expectations. The excellent service from Yarlington’s shared ownership team resulted in me being able to provide a secure home for my daughter, which beforehand would have been impossible.”