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Low carbon timber homes being built in Lightmoor Vilage

Nearly 100 low carbon timber homes are to be developed in Lightmoor village helping to create new and sustainable housing for people to rent and buy. Homes at the Croppings 2 site will be made at Walsall-based factory LoCaL Homes and developed by Jessup Brothers Ltd in partnership with Bournville Village Trust and Homes England. Work to prepare the site of the 96 two and three-bedroom homes is well underway, with the first property expected to be complete by May this year.

The homes will be made available to first time buyers looking to get onto the property ladder and families in need of affordable homes to rent. Rebecca Stevens, Project Director at Bournville Village Trust, said: “Being able to introduce modern methods of construction to Lightmoor, like these high-quality timber frame properties, will help us reduce carbon, improve sustainability and offer affordable-to-run housing to local people.

“We are really pleased to be working with LoCaL Homes who operate as a social not-for-profit enterprise, sharing many of the same values that as we do. It was a pleasure to be invited to tour the factory and see first-hand the quality of the homes and meet the people who make them.”

Chris Hagan, Director at LoCaL Homes, which is part of GreenSquareAccord said: “We are delighted to be working with Bournville Village Trust and Jessup’s on this project to deliver energy efficient, sustainable, low carbon homes. This partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to support housing associations deliver much needed affordable homes through modern methods of construction.”

The Croppings 2 is one of the final developments in Lightmoor, signalling the completion of one of Telford’s most significant housing developments of the last decade. The second development, The Woodlands, will feature 202 homes with 50 for social rent which will be managed by Bournville Village Trust. The remaining 152 homes will be available for people to buy and Jessup will be developing a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes to a high specification. Work has started on the Woodlands development is set to be completed in summer 2025

Once finished, Lightmoor village will feature 1,000 homes in total. It has been developed through a joint venture between Bournville Village Trust and Homes England and is also home to a primary school, nursery and retail units. More than half of the area of the village is made up of parks and other open spaces.

Bournville Village Trust, founded in 1900, is a community-based housing association and registered charity. Its mission is to create and sustain communities where people can thrive. It provides services to 8,000 homes and 25,000 people in Birmingham and Telford.

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