Friday, October 11, 2013
First Sector Lane affordable homes should be ready before Christmas and the new football ground by January
MP Neil Parish was in Axminster last week to see the development of 71 new homes on the town’s former football club ground in Sector Lane.
The scheme was able to go ahead last year due to £1.5million investment from the Government’s Get Britain Building programme.
Mr Parish commented on the close involvement of the Housing and Communities Association in securing the funding and the relationship between the developer and the local football club.
He said: “This project is a fantastic example of several parties working together for the benefit of the community. Securing the Get Britain Building funding has allowed the first phase to begin that will provide much needed new homes for the local community and superb new football facilities that will see the Axminster Tigers reach their full potential.”
The timber frames of the first five affordable homes have been erected at Amberside, the marketing name for the development at Sector Lane, and these will be ready for occupation before Christmas. Overall the development will house 55 one, two, three and four bedroom homes alongside a total of 16 affordable homes, which range from one bedroom apartments to two and three bedroom houses.
The project will also provide a new home for Axminster Town Football Club at Chard Road, which Devonshire Homes is building concurrently. The new facilities will provide a state-of the-art clubhouse, office space, changing facilities and two new full size grass football pitches.
Steve Russell, Interim Managing Director at Devonshire Homes, said: “It is clear that the extensive new facilities planned at Chard Road impressed Mr Parish and he commented on the speed with which construction was underway at both sites.”
The new football club site, where the clubhouse timber frame is already erected and the roof nearing completion, is due to be handed over in January.