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Work starts on the next phase of our Spirit Quarters development

Work has started on the fifth phase of our Spirit Quarters development in Coventry.

The latest phase will be made up of 74 homes for outright sale and a further 20 affordable homes. The homes at the site will be two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.

Demolition has already started of houses currently at Milverton Road, Wood End, and the first of the new homes being built at the site are due to be completed this summer.

We are working with national housebuilder Keepmoat Homes as part of the multi-million-pound partnership and the West Midlands Combined Authority have also invested £1m.

Our Director of Regeneration Services Kevin Roach said: “We’re delighted that work has started on the next phase of our Spirit Quarters regeneration project which will see an area that has been blighted with anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping for many years transformed.

“At Citizen we understand the importance of regeneration and creating communities that give people a foundation for life. We’re looking forward to seeing the work on this phase of Spirit Quarters progress over the coming months.

“The change that has taken place in the area and continues to take place would not have been possible without the continued drive, support and commitment of the community and our partner Moat House Community Trust.”

Dianne Williams, Chief Executive of Moat House Community Trust, said: “It is very exciting to see the next phase of the redevelopment starting and that we are entering into the final stages of delivering the vision that the residents had to transform their area through physical and social regeneration and investment.”

Wood End was built by the city council in the late 1950s and early 1960s to rehouse families from the inner city as well as people moving to Coventry to work in its then-booming car industry.
But the area’s fortunes declined and it became one of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods. It has now been earmarked for major redevelopment together with the nearby Manor Farm, Henley Green and Deedmore neighbourhoods – a project that will eventually see more than 1,300 new homes built.

So far, the completion of phases one to four have delivered 979 new homes, 275 of which were allocated for affordable housing in partnership with us.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “Creating new communities and sustainable neighbourhoods on brownfield land has been one of the region’s real success stories in recent years.

“By using government cash to clean-up derelict industrial land or residential sites like Wood End we’ve helped create thousands of new homes and jobs, whilst also protecting our precious and irreplaceable green belt. Our investments have also helped to create and secure local jobs for local people by guaranteeing work for the construction sector during the pandemic.”

The scheme will generate dozens of employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and work placements, which will be delivered throughout the lifetime of the project.

Charlotte Goode, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the WMCA to help rejuvenate Wood End, and provide much needed new homes for residents. This site isn’t your typical new homes development, it is part of a wider regeneration project which represents a tremendous opportunity for the city’s growth.

“We have a strong track record of delivering new homes across the country, particularly on brownfield land such as this, and we have already delivered almost 1,000 homes on previous phases at Wood End with Citizen.

“We’ve brought our experience to this development and, working with the WMCA and Citizen, we’re building quality homes and breathing new life into the area. Our aim is to make a big impact to the local community, delivering real value to not only those who choose to live there but also to the surrounding area.”

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