Work starts on ambitious Lea Hall development in Birmingham

Construction has begun on a new housing development at Handsworth Wood, which includes 60 new allotments and £350k to repair the nearby Grade II listed Lea Hall.

Countryside’s 107-home development includes 10 family homes for shared ownership with Midland Heart, giving local people the chance to get a foot on the property ladder at a cost they can afford.

The ambitious new development will create three and four-bedroom houses on land off Wood Lane, Handsworth Wood, whilst also preserving space for the Lea Hall allotments and reviving the nearby Grade II listed building.

Once complete, new and existing residents in the area will benefit from a new public space, to include a playground and an outdoor green gym, while 60 allotments have already been created to replace the 35 active plots that were already on the site.

Chris Miller, Director of Development, said: “We are very pleased to be playing a role in this creative development, which is part of our new partnership with Countryside to build 1,000 homes over the next three years.

“The development will bring improvements to the Handsworth Wood community as well as provide a range of new housing to the area. Our 10 homes will all be three bedroom family houses for shared ownership, offering local people an opportunity to get on to the property ladder at an affordable cost.

“We expect our first houses to be completed and ready for occupation in autumn 2020.”

Gary Belcher, Managing Director at Countryside, said: “This is a very exciting project for Countryside, as this particular site will bring the significant investment required to restore Lea Hall, which currently plays a crucial role in the local community.

“As well as providing this much-needed funding, the scheme will revive the disused land near the allotments to provide ample, mixed-tenure family housing for the local area, thanks to our strong partnership model with both Midland Heart and Sigma.”

In addition to our 10 homes available through our shared ownership initiative, 66 Countryside houses will be for sale and 31 properties will be for private rent through Sigma Capital Group’s private rental brand, Simple Life Homes.

Terri McDonald, our development project manager for Lea Hall, is pictured with the Countryside and Sigma team.

30th September 2019 | 2019