E G Carter & Co Ltd and Knightstone Housing Association officially celebrated the opening of 62 new affordable homes at Morland Chase, Highbridge.

Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Ian Dyer, cut the ribbon, joined by Cllr Michael Clarke and Peter Burrows, Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd.

Over the past few years, Knightstone Housing Association have invested over £13 million in Highbridge, to build 120 new, affordable homes through the redevelopment of brownfield sites. Barrie Dale, Knightstone’s Vice Chair, said: “We’re committed to building new homes and investing in communities across Somerset and the West of England. In 2015/16, we built 472 more homes across the region, to address the clear need for more affordable housing.”

The land, a former industrial estate, was sourced by E G Carter & Co Ltd’s Land Development Manager, Paul Gardiner. Drawing on our long standing relationship with Knightstone, E G Carter & Co Ltd presented a robust development package which was speedily accepted, collaborating with Sedgemoor District Council and Clarke Willmott LLP. The project team, inclusive of local stakeholders, were able to work simultaneously to reach the positive end result much needed by the residents of Highbridge. Phillip Barnes, Regional Manager at E G Carter & Co Ltd said;

I’m incredibly proud of this achievement... We Completed the Purchase of this former Industrial Estate and subsequent Sale to Knightstone HA in December 2014. Demolition commenced in January 2015 followed by Construction in May 2015. We delivered the first of the Completed dwellings in March 2016 and the last of the 62 new homes in early July 2016 - only 60wks after commencement of the construction phase. A fantastic achievement by a great team”

The development took the construction team around 70 weeks to demolish and build, with the end product resulting in:

5no - 2 Bed 4 Person Flat over garage

6no - 1 Bed 2 Person Flat

22no - 2 Bed 4 Person House

27no - 3 Bed 5 Person House

2no - 4 Bed 6 Person House

Peter Burrows, Director, E G Carter & Co Ltd, explained - “We’re immensely proud of the successful delivery of The Morland Chase project which demonstrates how partners can come together and work collaboratively to deliver great places where people aspire to live.”

From left to right - Stuart Durrans, Terry Conley, Phillip Barnes, Craig Powell, Paul Gardiner, Peter Burrows