Sovereign Housing Association is working with Redrow to build 51 quality new affordable homes in Littledown, Shaftesbury. This development, called Blackmore Down, will see a total of 143 homes on the site with the 51 affordable homes to be provided through Sovereign, 26 for affordable rent and 25 through shared ownership.
Blackmore Down is the only development in the area currently offering new-build affordable homes. With over 1000 people interested in affordable homes in the North
Dorset area and almost 100 people in Shaftesbury alone, affordable housing is in high demand locally. Blackmore Down is the first development that Sovereign has negotiated under lockdown conditions; a great example of how Sovereign is still working hard to develop more homes and better places across the south of England even during challenging times. Blackmore Down is in a great location and will benefit from being close to amenities, has open countryside and woodland nearby, and there will be open spaces and a playground on-site too. People look set to move into their quality new Blackmore Down homes in winter 2020, with shared ownership properties available through Sovereign Living.
James Gibson, Development Director, Sovereign, said: “We’ve been working hard during lockdown to make sure that we’re ready when things open back up again. Negotiating this development under lockdown conditions has presented new and very particular challenges, but we’re pleased to be able to build these quality new homes where they’re needed most.
“Sovereign’s strength has made us able to work through this very trying time and still build the right homes in the right places and we are actively seeking more opportunities with our confidence in the market undiminished.”
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“We know some residents are worried about paying their rent because of #Covid-19.We want to reassure all of our residents that no-one will lose their home as a result of this. As one of the country’s largest housing associations, Sovereign manages nearly 60,000 homes and aims to build around 1,900 new homes every year. As part of its new five-year strategy, Sovereign has already trebled its investment in community work, stepped up its development programme with a greater emphasis on major land-led schemes and focused investment on providing a great experience for nearly 140,000 customers and residents.”