Countryside has teamed up with Warwickshire County Council and its property company for a new partnership which aims to build 2,000 homes across the West Midlands county.
Develop Warwickshire will see £2.5bn of developments completed, bringing forward sites for housing over a 30-year period, with three slated for development in the next year.
Homes developed by the joint venture, which was created following an 18-month procurement exercise, will be timber-framed and feature solar panels, reflecting the local authority’s desire to create sustainable homes for the region
Cllr Peter Butlin, deputy leader of the council, said working with Countryside over a longer period enabled a “more strategic approach and to maximise investment and efficiency in delivering developments”.
The JV builds on Countryside’s existing work in the region, with 620 homes already being delivered in Kenilworth in partnership with Warwick District Council.
“Over the next 30 years we can make a major contribution to the area and we can’t wait to get started on our first schemes,” said Adam Daniels, divisional managing director for the Midlands at Countryside.
The first three sites to be brought forward are in Nuneaton, Warton and Water Orton.
Top Farm at Nuneaton has outline consent for 1,700 homes and a local centre, public consultation begins next month on the development of 54 homes in Water Orton, while a reserved matters application has been submitted to build 71 homes at Warton.
Stuart Buckley of Warwickshire Property & Development Group, the council’s property company, said: “We are delighted to be moving forward with Countryside, helping to unlock these sites, create homes and stimulate communities.
“The whole reason for the formation of WPDG is to help realise the potential of the council’s property and land assets, and housing is a main pillar of that drive.”