WORK to build 49 new homes in a Worcestershire village has been completed five years after it was first proposed.

Developer Seddon, with Platform Housing, has spent the last 19 months building the new homes just off the A449 Malvern Road having first put forward their plans in 2016.

Located on Winsmore, the development provides a mixture of housing types, including six bungalows, eight apartments, 12 semi-detached, four detached houses and 19 terraced properties costing £7.5 million to build.

Several of the two and three-bedroom homes available for shared ownership have been fitted with roof-mounted solar PV panels to provide greener, more low-cost energy for residents.

The shared ownership homes benefit from modern, fitted kitchens and bathrooms, downstairs toilets, parking for two vehicles and an enclosed rear garden, including turfed lawn and shed.

Applications for the affordable rent homes should made to Platform Housing Group directly and will be allocated via a choice-based lettings system.

The project was constructed over 21 months from July 2019.

Rob Moore, business unit director at Seddon, said “Winsmore is a well-designed, thriving community that meets local affordable housing needs head on.

"Throughout the project, we have worked closely with Platform Housing Group to make the most of this key greenfield site, providing high-quality properties and ample outside space for residents to call home, whether choosing to rent or buy.”

Ashley Round, project manager at Platform Housing Group, said: "We are delighted to announce the completion of these much-needed affordable homes in Powick, in partnership with Seddon.

"Platform Housing Group will continue to provide quality affordable housing to meet the needs of local people across our geography."

Fortis Living first applied for permission to build the homes, on a green field site between Upton Road and Malvern Road, back in June 2016.

These plans were rejected however, with more plans introduced in the subsequent months and years.

The site was outside Powick's development boundary, but was allocated for development in the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Improved plans for the site were submitted in October 2019 before Malvern Hills District Council approved them on January 14, 2020.