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Partnership boost for green growth

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Stonewater and Greenoak Housing Associations have agreed an intention to enter into a partnership, where to begin with, Greenoak will expand its operations as a subsidiary of Stonewater and later, will become part of the Stonewater group.

The announcement follows detailed discussions between our respective Boards who believe the partnership has potential to deliver more sustainable new homes, expand the customer offer and drive the net zero agenda as leaders in the sector. Whilst the principles have been agreed, talks will continue to agree details and deal with due diligence, lender consents and resident consultation, with a final decision expected towards the end of the year.

Greenoak and Stonewater both share ambitions to grow and a strong commitment to sustainability. It is envisaged that the partnership will mean:

  • Greenoak becoming a subsidiary of Stonewater for two years, then becoming part of the Stonewater group whilst maintaining a regional operational base in Woking.
  • Transferring housing management of around 600 Stonewater homes into Greenoak management, on a phased basis
  • Establishing a new, national Centre of Excellence for zero carbon development and retrofit, which will pioneer exemplar projects, standards and processes to achieve genuine sustainability
  • Expansion of direct service provision and apprenticeship opportunities through new pilot schemes to enhance asset management and support the development of (much needed) trades skills, particularly to drive delivery and operation of zero carbon projects
  • The creation of a new ‘future-proof’ brand for selected developments, to accelerate the provision of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Greenoak’s Chief Executive, Diana Kingdon said she is confident the partnership reflects Greenoak’s ambitions: “We have always been about providing good quality homes which are both affordable and sustainable. It is where Greenoak has been at the forefront since winning several national awards for Sustainability and Innovation in this field all demonstrating a passive, fabric-focussed approach. The need for more sustainable homes and enabling ‘greener’ living has become ever more pressing to achieve the 2050 net zero carbon target. We need an urgent response to the current housing and cost of living crises, and we could contribute more strongly by working together to provide more energy-efficient affordable homes. Joining with Stonewater will enable us to scale up and play a significant role in the sector’s contribution to the emerging ‘green economy’, by create genuinely sustainable homes and communities, where they are needed most.”

Nick Harris, CEO of Stonewater, believes the partnership will bring a range of benefits: “There is a strong, natural fit between Greenoak and Stonewater, particularly in the areas of social ethos, customer care and commitment to the Net Zero agenda. With so many challenges facing the sector (not least the on-going housing crisis, post-Brexit impacts on supply chains and costs, the climate emergency and the need to drive up customer standards), we need to be agile in our response and the partnership will enhance what we do now, as well as what we want to do in the future.” Greenoak is well-recognised for its strong track record leading in environmental sustainability. It is a long-standing member of the Good Homes Alliance and a founding member of its Pathfinder network, established to help HAs drive enhanced sustainability and performance standards for new housing developments.

New PassivHaus Homes in Woodham and Peaslake

Planning consent for 8 new PassivHaus homes for Peaslake village

In partnership with Shere Parish Council, Greenoak is to build four 2 bedroom houses and four 1 bedroom flats in the village of Peaslake, Guildford. Designed to achieve PassivHaus and Lifetime Homes standards. Affordable to rent and heat, these homes will also be healthy, comfortable, accessible and adaptable.

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Planning consent for 18 PassivHaus apartments at Woodham Place, Woking

Greenoak is delighted to have achieved planning consent for 18 high quality, low environmental impact apartments set in landscaped grounds and designed to attract downsizers.

The apartments will be designed to PassivHaus and Lifetime Homes standards and will replace an obsolete scheme to provide homes fit for the future.

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To find out more visit our New Homes page.

Greenoak becomes founding Member of the Pathfinder Network For Housing Associations

GHA & NEF collaborate on network for forward-thinking housing associations
 

pathfinder member logo email sigFollowing the success of the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) Vanguard Campaign and Network, the GHA and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) launched a new Pathfinder membership network for progressive housing associations.

The main aim of the network is to facilitate housing associations in adopting enhanced sustainability, quality, health and performance standards for new housing developments. As with the GHA Vanguard Network, this will be achieved via the sharing of learning and best practice, creation of new resources and guidance, through original research and demonstration projects.

The network runs alongside NEF’s revamped SuperHomes retrofit network, with members benefitting from a dual membership offer and sustainable development expertise for both new-build and existing housing stock. The SuperHomes network is set to be formally launched on 29th April and will deliver a tiered rating scheme for domestic retrofits on energy performance and comfort. To achieve a SuperHomes rating twelve months evaluation and monitoring will be required.

The network is kindly supported by six founder members - Abri, Aster Group, Greenoak, LiveWest, Raven Housing Trust and VIVID, who between them represent over 150,000 existing homes and 50,000 new homes to be developed in the next 10 years.

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The network met for a first ‘Member’s Meeting’ in February 2021 and has already started inputting into some important activities, such as the development of Model Employer’s Requirements for net zero and healthy homes.

For more information about the GHA Pathfinder Network and to get involved, please contact Julian Brooks, Programmes Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0330 355 6274.

 

New Affordable Homes in Wisborough Green

We have been working in partnership with Wisborough Green Parish Council to address the need for high quality, truly affordable homes for local people in the village, and this summer we took handover of 10 properties at Great Meadow in Wisborough Green, West Sussex.  The high quality affordable homes are a mix of one, two and three bed houses with seven for rent and three for shared ownership and were built to a very high standard by family owned building firm, Jones Homes.  In mid August our Housing team personally welcomed each new excited resident with a welcome hamper along with the key to their new home. The majority of which had a local connection to the area, where house prices are high and local people are unable to afford to live there.  

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Cake & Cuddles Pet Therapy Visit

Apollo Place welcomed Browells Pet Therapy in August, who brought a variety of animals for residents to dote on. Henrietta the chicken in nappies, a beautiful barn owl, a shih-tzu dog, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and a Shetland pony called Kevin! Residents really enjoyed their visit & found the talk given about the animals extremely interesting.

People of all ages benefit from Pet Therapy teams who visit residential homes, hospitals, hospices, schools, day care centres and prisons, and bring joy, comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal.

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