Work begins on 135-home Shrewsbury scheme

Work has begun on a 135-housing development in Shrewsbury.

Cornovii Homes, Shropshire Council’s owned homebuilding company, and its development partner SJ Roberts Construction will be constructing the homes off London Road in Shrewsbury.

The development, to be known as Charles View, will offer a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom properties, which will be a mix of bungalows, apartments and houses, and 32 custom-build and self-build plots.

The properties will include 87 energy-efficient homes, and 16 low-carbon properties and all will be constructed to be at least 20 per cent more efficient than a typical 2023 new build.

The development will offer a mix of affordable, shared ownership and market sale homes.

Mike Sambrook, managing director at SJ Roberts Construction Ltd, said: “It’s fantastic to see this new development start to take shape and make a positive impact on the Shrewsbury housing market.

 “Partnering with our sister company, Lowfield Timber Frames we are proceeding at pace with the erection of the frames for these new houses and will be employing sustainable construction techniques to ensure they offer excellent eco credentials. Energy-efficient features of the homes will include air source heat pumps, solar PV panels and a high-performance insulated envelope.

“The site’s proximity to Shrewsbury College will also allow us to share this knowledge with the construction workers of tomorrow.”

Shropshire Councillor for Bayston Hill, Column and Sutton, Rosemary Dartnall, said: “The Cornovii development on London Road will deliver housing that more appropriately fits the requirements of Shropshire residents than is offered by most new builds, such as one and two-bedroom homes, bungalows and apartments.

 “Bungalows are in great demand but are rarely built, as are one and two-bedroom homes. Charles View will include a low-rise apartment block providing homes while using land economically. Custom-build, self-build properties and new homes for the rental market are part of the new estate including improved insulation throughout and delivering more economical homes for residents that are fit for the future.

 “The estate will provide enhanced cycling and walking pathways for residents – another feature that is commonly lacking. Cornovii has worked with existing local residents to allay concerns about the new development and one benefit will be the extension of the 30-mph residential speed limit along London Road. The development will benefit from green, play space and public open spaces, and is forecast to generate more than £500,000 to be spent on enhancing and supporting local infrastructure.”

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