Taylor Wimpey is set to deliver 211 new homes to Coventry following a deal with the council.
Taylor Wimpey's Midlands division has finalised a deal with Coventry City Council to acquire the former Sir Henry Parkes Primary School site for a new residential development of 211 two, three and four bedroom homes, including 42 affordable properties.
The site has detailed planning permission for the development, which will be known as White Willow Park, and Taylor Wimpey is getting ready to start work on site in July.
Roger Northam, managing director of Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: "We're delighted to have completed the acquisition of this prestigious development site in Coventry, particularly as we faced some serious competition from other major housebuilders to deliver such an exciting project in partnership with Coventry City Council.
"As well as building much-needed new homes - including affordable housing - our development will bring many additional benefits to the local area, including new employment opportunities as the build progresses."
The new Taylor Wimpey development will form part of a wider regeneration masterplan, which is seeing new homes, public facilities and infrastructure being delivered to the Canley community.
It follows the completion of the new Charter Primary School and Xcel Sports Centre, while work is due to begin soon on the new Forrest Medical Centre next to the Taylor Wimpey development site.
The money raised by Coventry City Council through the sale of the land for new homes will go towards improving local parkland as well as providing new paving in front of shops in the area. This work will begin in the autumn and will be coordinated with the street lighting improvements which will be led by Balfour Beatty.
Councillor Lynnette Kelly, Coventry City Council's cabinet member for city development, added: "I am delighted that work is about to start on this large and prominent site. It's great news for the city as it shows that developers believe that it's worth building new homes here. It's great news for Canley too because it means we can now honour the commitment we made to local people and can make improvements to the park.
"We will also be working with Taylor Wimpey to see if we can make some of the construction jobs and training opportunities available to local people. "
Taylor Wimpey Midlands is currently building a wide range of new homes at developments throughout the region, including Swallows Nest in Allesley, Coventry, and across Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
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