MAYOR of the West Midlands Andy Street has visited the site of the former Dartmouth School in Wyken to see how work is going on a new affordable housing scheme.
The land is being redeveloped by Coventry-based family firm the Deeley Group, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.
The 39 homes, including 23 affordable rented and 16 shared ownership, are being provided by Stonewater.
The mayor met with Peter Deeley, the managing director of the Deeley Group, on the brownfield site which has been unused for more than five years.
The development will comprise of two, three and four-bedroom homes – vital housing for the local community.
Mr Street praised the firm’s plans to regenerate the site, adding project aligned perfectly with his region-wide championing of a brownfield first approach to housing.
He said: “The two key components for building new homes in our region are for developments to be ‘brownfield first’ and then also affordable to the people who live in those areas.
“The development in Coventry ticks both of those boxes and is an example of the great progress we are making regionally to meet the housing challenge.”
He congratulated the Deeley Group and Stonewater and said it was fascinating to speak to Mr Deeley about the extensive work being done in the area.
It built the St John Fisher Catholic Primary school in the 1950s and St John Fisher Church and Hall in the 1970s.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, added: “We are giving this redundant brownfield site a new life and helping to provide crucial new housing for people in the locality too.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Andy to Tiverton Road to discuss our plans for the site and how that will support his housing programme across the West Midlands.
“We are working closely with Stonewater to deliver the development and hope Andy will return to visit when the project is completed.”