Work begins on new homes at Bath's Western Riverside

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First new homes under construction
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The first residents are expected to move in before Christmas, the developer said.

Construction has begun on the first new homes at Bath's £400m Western Riverside development.

The regeneration project will see a mixture of social and private housing on the 44-acre site, which had been derelict for more than 25 years.

Developer Crest Nicholson said with the new road infrastructure well under way, a significant start could be made to house-building.

Planning permission has been given for more than 2,000 homes on the site.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Bath and North East Somerset Council have together committed £5.7m towards infrastructure work on the development.

The first phase will include a range of family houses, flats and 100 affordable homes provided by social landlord Somer Community Housing Trust.

The HCA has awarded the Trust £6m to provide those homes.

The first residents should be able to move in before Christmas, a spokesman for Crest Nicholson said.

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