Wychavon District Council is set to construct its first houses in decades as part of a £4.5million project.

In partnership with Rooftop Housing Group, the council has planned to fund the building of 23 homes on Laurels Avenue in Offenham, with plans for both private market and affordable rent options, as well as shared ownership.

Wychavon District has identified a gap in the property market for high-quality, eco-friendly homes for market rent.



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Home to some of the country’s highest rental and house prices, the council is hoping this project will answer a need in the area.

The homes are to be developed in partnership with Rooftop, who will manage and lease out private rental properties, providing income on the council's investment.

Meanwhile, the affordable homes will be purchased outright by Rooftop.

Cllr Rick Deller, executive board member for housing and regulatory services on the council, said: "This is an exciting and innovative new way of working with one of our social housing providers.

"Not only will it deliver a return for the taxpayer, but crucially it will allow us to use our land and resources to directly increase the supply of housing to help meet rising local demand."

The project aligns with Wychavon's current promise to invest directly in housing to address demand in the area.

In 1994, Wychavon transferred its housing stock to Evesham and Pershore Housing Association.

Today known as Rooftop Housing Association, the organisation is based in South Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire communities.

Boris Worrall, the company's chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to be able to help Wychavon District Council provide a range of homes for local people through this groundbreaking initiative.

"There is significant demand across the district for a range of homes that are affordable, and we are committed to doing all we can in partnership with the council to address housing need and aspiration."

Residents can study the plans and learn more at a special exhibition in Offenham Village Hall on Monday, February 12.

The council aims to submit a planning application by March.

More information can be found at www.wychavon.gov.uk/laurels-avenue.