Developer to bring 150 new homes to Gloucestershire

A housing firm which is part of Lloyds Banking Group, is  bringing more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in Gloucestershire.

Citra Living, which owns and operates a growing portfolio of more than 2,000 homes across the UK, has acquired 156 new properties from the country’s largest housebuilder Barratt as part of a strategic partnership.

The homes are situated at Barratt Homes Bristol’s new Winnycroft Lane development in Matson, near Gloucester.

The portfolio acquired by Citra includes a mix of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom properties, with the first homes expected to be ready for families to move in this summer.

The Winnycroft homes – located just 3.5 miles to the south of Gloucester – are part of a wider housing development of up to 420 homes. The houses are all set within 15 acres of open space with nature-rich environments including an orchard, play areas, sports pitches and allotments.

The development is close to the M5 motorway and the city’s mainline train station offering direct services to Bristol and London.

Citra and Barratt Developments’ strategic partnership aims to bring forward much-needed new homes in the private rental sector more quickly. Since announcing the partnership, Citra and Barratt have brought more than 1,500 high quality homes to the market across projects spanning Bedfordshire, Northumberland, Lancashire and the South West.

Andy Hutchinson, managing director of Citra Living, said: “Gloucestershire continues to be an attractive location, in no small part thanks to the growing knowledge economy, transport links and access to both country and city living. Following a decade of growth and investment, it’s the perfect place for families to put down roots.

“Our long-standing partnership with Barratt has created a significant portfolio of high-quality homes – growing communities and delivering homes in places where people want to live. We look forward to welcoming our first customers to Winnycroft as we reach this latest milestone in the partnership which will pave the way for more new schemes in future.”

Steve Mariner, sales and marketing director at Barratt Developments, said: “Winnycroft is an excellent development that showcases our ongoing partnership with Citra really well. It brings new homes to the private rental sector in Gloucestershire where they join a thriving new community ready for people to move in this summer.”