A Bloxwich housing development has been awarded Black Country Garden City status, in recognition of its high quality, green credentials.
Waters Keep, which forms part of the Goscote Lane Corridor regeneration project, earned the accolade after impressing a panel of 12 judges.
The £45m scheme, developed through a partnership between Keepmoat Homes and whg with partners Walsall Council, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Homes England, forms the second phase of the largest residential development scheme in Walsall. It includes 177 homes for affordable rent from whg, along with a further 235 homes for sale. Once completed, the scheme will boast more than 800 new homes.
The development was judged against a range of criteria, including quality design, gardens, accessible green space near homes, access to employment, and local amenities.
Alongside the homes at Waters Keep, partners worked hard to transform the open space, with upgraded and new paths and towpath, fishing pegs, trim trial routes, and football pitches, together with formal play areas, multi-use games areas and skate facilities.
Wildlife corridors were also created to provide an environment for local flora and fauna to flourish.
Corporate Director of Development Rebecca Bennett Casserly said: “We’re delighted that Waters Keep has been awarded Black Country Garden City status. whg is committed to not just building homes, but to creating strong and vibrant communities, and this accolade is testament to the work we do in ensuring customers live in high quality neighbourhoods where people want to live.”
Mike Nolan, Land and Partnerships Director at Keepmoat Homes added: “It’s fantastic that Waters Keep has been granted Black Country Garden City status and is testament to the work of all the parties involved to create new homes and places people want to live. At Keepmoat Homes we’re proud of this development and the impact it has had on the local area and community. We look forward to continuing to work with whg, Walsall Council and the Black Country LEP to deliver the remainder of the new homes on this transformational regeneration project.”
Chris Handy, Board Member Black Country LEP said: “It is great news that yet another Black Country development has been awarded Black Country Garden City status. The Black Country LEP has worked with partners to develop a set of principles that ensure the housing sector is working collaboratively to deliver affordable homes in settings that encourage more people to choose the Black Country as a place to live and Waters Keep is a fantastic example of this. whg’s commitment to the Garden City initiative is further testimony to the great work the organisation does across the Black Country.”
The Black Country Garden City initiative aims to raise the quality and increase the quantity of housing in the Black Country. Promoted by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and the Councils of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall - they envisage the regeneration of the urban area as a new type of Garden City.