Strategic Land

St. Modwen and The Crabhill Partnership sell land at Kingsgrove to CALA Homes

St. Modwen and the Crabhill Partnership are pleased to mark another milestone in the development of the new 1500-home community at Kingsgrove, Wantage, with the sale of a residential parcel of land to CALA Homes.  This enables the start of the next phase to deliver new homes in the 227-acre scheme.

Following a competitive tender, CALA Homes acquired the 9.65 acre site and will be developing 174 homes at Phase 2a, Fuller’s Meadow, which is located south of the new community hub with the new primary school and neighbourhood centre.

Infrastructure for the services and access to the site is well underway and CALA Homes will submit a detailed reserved matters application shortly.

The sale marks the next residential phase of the new community; the first two phases, totalling some 150 homes, are being developed by St. Modwen’s award-winning housebuilding business St. Modwen Homes, which started on site this year. The first occupiers are expected to move in this month.

Rob Draper, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “We are pleased that another quality housebuilder has joined St. Modwen Homes in investing into this significant project. We are looking forward to working with CALA Homes as we progress the delivery of the new community at Kingsgrove to bring new homes and important community facilities to Wantage.”

Carter Jonas acted for the Crabhill Partnership.  James Bainbridge, Head of Planning & Development at Carter Jonas, commented: “This is the second serviced residential parcel sold by the landowners at Kingsgrove and will significantly increase the rate of delivery of much needed new homes in Science Vale.  A further residential parcel is likely to be sold during the next six months as St. Modwen’s development of primary infrastructure progresses, and we are looking forward to marketing some of the community facilities, such as a care home site in due course.”

Bernie Vent, Senior Land Manager at CALA Homes, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the new Kingsgrove development and delivering one of the early phases of new homes. This high-quality landscape led scheme presented an excellent opportunity to work with St Modwen, and it is clear that our aspirations for design and place-making are well aligned. We have ambitious growth plans for Oxfordshire and we’re very pleased to add this phase of Kingsgrove to our growing portfolio. We look forward to beginning work on-site and delivering the first homes in spring 2019.”

Carter Jonas obtained outline planning permission for the 227 acre site in July 2015 from the Vale of White Horse District Council for up to 1,500 homes, a new primary school, a neighbourhood centre including a pub/restaurant and local retail accommodation, sports pitches, employment space and community amenities set around a central park. St. Modwen will deliver 50% of the homes on site.

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