Update on Woodlands Phase
Frequently asked questions regarding Woodlands and Croppings 2
We recently held meetings in relation to the last two phases in Lightmoor Village. We’ve combined the questions and feedback from these meetings below, so we hope it will answer any queries you have. If you have any other questions, please email Lightmoorstewardship@bvt.org.uk or call 01952 898524.
Construction works/the Village
What are the timeframes for the two phases?
The work is planned to start on 21st June 2021 and end around April/May 2023 at The Croppings and Spring 2025 at The Woodlands. This will bring to an end construction work and enable all the roads in the Village to be adopted. The timeframes allow for the significant amount of time that is taken up with groundworks as well as allowances for weather delays and holiday periods. The work also includes 15 bespoke house types. If there are any changes to completion dates, we will inform you as soon as possible.
Is there any changes to the design of the phases?
We held consultation meetings last year about the phases. During the consultation period, we listened to your concerns and changes were made to various parts of the design, such as the materials to be used. This included a change of render colours to cream or mushroom, as some residents raised concerns regarding the original set of colours. The phases have now been given full planning approval by Telford and Wrekin Council.
How many homes are involved in the two phases?
There will be 202 homes in the Woodlands, of which 150 will be for sale, 50 will be owned and managed by BVT and two by GreenSquareAccord. There will be 96 homes in Croppings 2, of which 24 will be owned and managed by BVT and 72 will be owned by GreenSquareAccord for a mixture of shared ownership and affordable rent.
It seems to have taken a long time to start these phases?
We appreciate there has been a delay in building these phases. Croppings 2 is a particularly difficult site to develop due to its location and nature (being on a slope). This meant it took some time to find a developer that could build on the site and importantly one that also shares our aims and values.
As the site was going to be difficult to develop, could it have been left as green space?
The master plan for Lightmoor Village was agreed many years ago and this outlined all the phases (including Woodlands and Croppings 2).We are contracted by Homes England to complete all phases as planned There is also a need to provide homes to meet local housing need and the two phases will also help to support the local businesses and community as a whole in Lightmoor Village.
How will disruption to the village be kept to a minimum while construction takes place?
All the parties involved in the two final phases have put a number of plans in place to minimise disruption. They include:
- To ensure no extra traffic through the Village Centre, the construction entrance for Croppings 2 will be through the south entry on Lightmoor Way.
- Jessup’s operatives and visitors will have allocated parking on-site to prevent on-road parking
- Developers will work Monday to Friday 07.30am-5.30pm and Saturdays 7.30am-1.00pm. As far as reasonably practicable there will be no loud equipment, material movements or deliveries prior to 8am.
- Residents will be kept informed if there are any particularly noisy works planned
- Jessup will liaise with all suppliers and plan staggered arrivals. To keep lorries from queuing on the roads they will operate an air lock system to each of their sites, including a main gate and two side gates. This means that lorries will be in the construction area and not on the road.
- Jessup are part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is evaluated by an independent body and promotes a commitment to appearance, respecting community, protecting the environment, caring about safety and valuing their workforce.
- We will continue to work closely with all parties to ensure any concerns are responded to as quickly as possible.
Is this project going to bring any jobs to the area?
Yes, Jessup’s are planning initially to employ around 12 local apprentices across the two sites, who will work alongside their subcontractors and be supported by their in-house Apprentice Manager. As the schemes progress they may seek to open up more opportunities. If you or someone you know is interested in starting a career in construction with Jessup through an apprenticeship, please send a CV to email@example.com
What is the schooling situation in the Village?
We are aware Lightmoor Village Primary School is currently fully subscribed and we have been in communications with Telford and Wrekin Council about this. Any developments will be updated on here and our social media pages.
How is the ecology of the area going to be protected?
All parties understand the importance of protecting the environment. Newt capturing has taken place across both phases and is almost complete. Tree protection fencing will be installed. The Site Manager will be responsible for daily checks of the sites while Jessop’s Health and Safety/Environmental Manager will carry out monthly inspections. If you have any concerns about ecology on the sites, please contact us by emailing LightmoorStewardship@bvt.org.uk or calling 01952 898524.
Why do the phases have different renting/ownership options compared to the other phases?
The various options available provide opportunities for a wide cross section of people to become part of the Lightmoor Village community, which will help to create a thriving community. This includes first time buyers, those who want to get on the property ladder and those who may find it difficult to rent properties.
What does affordable housing mean?
For many people being able to rent or buy a property is seemingly impossible but affordable housing gives opportunities for a wide cross section of people to become part of a community. Affordable renting was introduced by the government as a way of allowing housing providers to charge a higher but still discounted rent on some of their homes. This provides opportunities for those who may be working, but on low income, to be able to move into the community.
How do you register for an affordable home?
To apply for a home with BVT, please go to https://www.bvt.org.uk/homes-to-rent/applying-for-a-rented-home/ for further information and for GreenSquareAccord properties, please log on to https://lettings.accordgroup.org.uk/filter/
How are homes allocated?
There are different bandings depending on individual circumstances. For details go to our website www.bvt.org.uk/our-homes/faqs-about-applying-for-a-rented-home/ or GreenSquareAccord www.greensquaregroup.com/customers/your-tenancy/policies
What is the difference between shared ownership, affordable rented and a mutual home ownership society?
Shared ownership gives first time buyers and those that do not currently own a home the opportunity to purchase a share in a new build or resale property. Full information about shared owners is available from www.sharetobuy.com/guides-and-faqs/what-is-shared-ownership
Affordable renting was introduced by the government as a way of allowing housing providers to charge a higher but still discounted rent on some of their homes. This provides opportunities for those who may be working, but on low income, to be able to move into the community.
Mutual home ownership is a new form of home ownership. This allows groups of people to come together to buy or build homes they might otherwise not be able to afford. More details are available from www.ukmhos.weebly.com
Keeping you informed
We understand you want to be kept informed of what is happening and we will work closely with Jessup’s and GreenSquareAccord to ensure we can provide regular updates to the Lightmoor Village Community.
As well as providing a monthly update on our website, social media and a paper update for those who would prefer it, we will also be hosting a monthly development drop in session at the Oak Tree Centre, where a member of our staff will be based and able to answer your questions, outside of normal working hours.
You can contact us by emailing LightmoorStewardship@bvt.org.uk , calling 01952 898524 and we can also arrange visits or video calls to talk to you if you have any questions.
If there are any emergencies that take place outside of working hours during the construction period, there will be an emergency contact number on site hoardings and we will also publish this number on our website shortly.
If you have any questions, please email LightmoorStewardship@bvt.org.uk or call 01952 898524.
Woodlands Site Layout Plan
Traffic Management Plan