The multi-million pound transformation of a former nursery site in the Forest of Dean is just weeks away from completion, with the first customers already moving onto site.

E G Carter & Co Ltd has partnered with Bromford housing association who have invested £6.6m in the Southend Nurseries site, Southend Lane, on the southern outskirts of Newent which is the first site the housing association has developed in the district. The 36 new affordable homes available for rent have been built with the final work due to finish ahead of schedule by the end of November.

The brownfield land had laid empty for a number of years until Forest of Dean District Council granted planning permission in July 2020. Before construction work could begin, a number of old greenhouses and outbuildings were removed in order to clear the site.

Work on the new affordable homes, which used £1.3m of funding from Bromford’s existing strategic partnership with Homes England, was originally due to be completed in early 2022 but construction has progressed ahead of schedule. The first residents moved in at the end of September with 27 of the homes now already occupied.

Alice Phillips, project manager at Bromford, said: “We’re thrilled to see this development meeting local demand for affordable housing with the first customers already moving into these brand new, modern homes. The site will be fully complete by the end of the month which is well ahead of schedule and is testament to the strong partnership we have with EG Carter.

“Bromford owns more than 10,000 homes across Gloucestershire and we are aiming to build a further 6,000 in the county over the next eight years, which was strengthened even further recently with the extension of our Homes England partnership. We are keen to work with contractor partners across our entire geography to deliver our ambitious housebuilding programme and provide people who can’t access market housing with a safe, secure, and warm home.”

Mathew Vye, Associate Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd said “We are delighted to have worked in Partnership with Bromford on this E G Carter land led opportunity, securing planning permission for this affordable housing development in Newent and successfully delivering these new homes in a timely and efficient manner. The whole project has been a fantastic advertisement for collaborative working, having created a strong collective team structure from planning and pre-contract and onto site for the delivery phase. We hope the new residents will enjoy their new homes and being part of the local community.”