Ascent Development Programme

The construction of over 200 houses for Sale, Shared Ownership and  Rent across Staffordshire as part of a joint venture partnership.

Client: Ascent Housing LLP

Value: £29,000,000

Completed: 2012-2015

Location: Leek, Biddulph & Cheadle, Staffordshire

The Ascent Programme is a JV between Moorlands Housing and SMDC and has been formed to provide affordable housing to address the current local housing needs. The development programme is only being delivered within the SMDC area and its sole aim is to provide affordable housing for local people delivered and managed by a local RSL Moorlands Housing.

In order to deliver the overall Target numbers however, a key part of the joint venture was to develop around 55 units for shared Ownership and Outright Sale. The monies generated from the sales of these units helps to cross subsidize and ultimately increase the numbers of affordable units than can be delivered as part of the programme. Where sales and rent have been integrated onto the same sites, all units have been designed to be visually the same so as to be ‘Tenure Blind’

A total of 16 sites have been developed to date, these were mainly all for Housing, but have also included a new community Centre, Supported Care Facilities, Areas of Public open space and also Children’s play facilities.

The houses themselves a based on a traditional layouts with front gardens including in-curtilage parking with a secure private garden to the rear. A simple rectangular plan and double pitched roofs characterise the main volume of the units, however each block is elevated differently through varying projecting bays and porches in order to give individual units their distinctive character.

Sites has been arranged so as to reinforce the current existing street scene and promote natural surveillance over an area of Open Green space and a Children’s Play area which have been incorporated into some of the sites.

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