St. Modwen Homes

St. Modwen sells third phase of residential land at Kingsgrove to Bellway Homes

St. Modwen and Crabhill Developments have marked another key milestone in the development and delivery of the new 1500-home community at Kingsgrove, Wantage, with the sale of a residential parcel of land to Bellway.  This enables the start of the third residential phase to deliver new homes in the 227-acre scheme where St. Modwen is acting as master developer, working closely with landowner Crabhill Developments and its advisors Carter Jonas.

Following a competitive tender process, leading housebuilder Bellway has been selected to develop Phase 3a, known as Greensands, which will comprise 82 homes and sits at the southern edge of the site adjacent to the A417 Reading Road.

Infrastructure for the services and access roads for the site are well progressed and Bellway will target a start on site in June 2019.

The sale marks the third residential phase of the new community. The first two phases, totalling over 350 homes, are being developed by award-winning housebuilding businesses St. Modwen Homes and CALA Homes. St. Modwen Homes, the dedicated housebuilding business of St. Modwen, started on site in 2018 on the first part of phase 1 and welcomed its first homeowners in November 2018. The second phase, known as Fuller’s Meadow, is being developed by CALA Homes which started on site in April and is located south of the new community hub, which includes the new neighbourhood centre and primary school, for which St. Modwen has just awarded the construction contract.

Rob Draper, Development Director at St. Modwen, said:

“We are pleased that a further quality housebuilder has joined St. Modwen Homes and CALA in investing into this significant project, joining our vision to create a community that everyone can be proud of. We are looking forward to working with Bellway as we progress the delivery of Kingsgrove to bring new homes and important neighbourhood facilities.”

Carter Jonas acted for St Modwen and Crabhill Developments in the sale.

James Bainbridge, Head of Planning & Development at Carter Jonas, commented:

“This is the third 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.”

Daniel Bradbury, Land Director at Bellway (Thames Valley), said:

“We are delighted to be involved in the new Kingsgrove development and delivering one of the key early phases of new homes. This high-quality landscape led scheme presents an excellent opportunity and it is clear that our aspirations for design and place-making are well aligned with St. Modwen’s vision for the new community. We look forward to beginning work on-site and delivering the first homes in Spring 2020.

Lands Improvement Holdings and 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 subsequently signed a development agreement with the landowners to take forward the delivery of the masterplan and infrastructure in June 2017. St. Modwen Homes is expected to deliver up 50% of the homes on site.

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