Crown Estate agrees 590 home deal with David Wilson Homes for two South West sites

The Crown Estate has finalised a deal with David Wilson Homes for its Nerrols and Lay Wood sites in the south west of England. The sites will provide a combined total of 590 homes for Taunton and Devizes.


02 February 2016

Phase 1 of the Nerrols development to the north of Taunton will contain up to 260 new homes offering a broad mix of housing, including family homes, starter homes and affordable housing together with community facilities, land for a country park, a site for a new primary school and new local shops. As part of the plans The Crown Estate will be planting up to 15,000 new trees in and around the site.

Lay Wood, which will provide 230 new homes for Devizes will also include eight hectares of public open space including £1.2 million to fund its maintenance. A further £800,000 for local transport infrastructure, improvements to the local Kennet and Avon canals, and extensive funding to provide new facilities and places at local schools has also been agreed. It is expected the project will create 100 new local jobs and £2 million for Wiltshire Council through the government’s New Homes Bonus.

Steve Melligan, Strategic Land Manager at The Crown Estate said: “After successfully promoting these sites through the local planning process, working with the local council and community, we are delighted to have agreed the sale of the sites to David Wilson Homes. They will deliver much needed new homes in their local areas, alongside delivering contributions to local education facilities and new open space to create great places for people to live in and enjoy.”

They will deliver...great places for people to live in and enjoy.”

Steve Melligan, Head of Strategic Land

Chris Burton, Regional Managing Director for David Wilson Homes, said:  

“This is an important acquisition for David Wilson Homes in the South West and underlines our commitment to the region. Our strategy is to build long term relationships to secure good value land where people aspire to live. We aim to design developments which look great, are a pleasure to live on and will enhance communities for years to come. This deal also represents good news for the region’s economy with the creation of hundreds of local jobs.”

The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business established by Act of Parliament and pays its profit to Treasury for the benefit of the nation’s finances.  A core focus of its business involves actively promoting land across the estate for development, which helps to meet the needs of local communities for new commercial and residential accommodation. Last year they secured consent for 7,000 homes across the country.