The location of the project will allow for expansion opportunities,thanks to a nearby disused health clinic, something that Plymouth City Council is currently considering.Chairman of the Community Self Build Agency, Norman Biddle, commented: “The CSBA Veterans Self-Build team appreciates that Stirling House on Honicknowle Green is ideally located within a strong, vibrant community, close to the hospital and with reliable public transport links, reputable education, business and employment opportunities.
“This is an award-winning partnership that endeavors to replace a tired building, with something rather special, changing lives and enhancing the community with a contribution to a positive future.
“This, combined with our commitment to help disadvantaged groups and social housing as a whole, means there has never been a greater need or time than the present to seek much needed funding and support.”The Nelson Project won Best Smaller Development at the 2017 Abercrombie Awards and saw ex-service personnel gain construction skills to help with the build of the 24-home development. This included 12 self-build homes for veterans and 12 mixed-use affordable homes, including supported housing.
In 2017, Plymouth City Council won Best Council for Self/Custom Builders at the Build It Awards, with the judges declaring that the council “has been promoting custom build to fellow councils up and down the country, showing energy and passion at the same time as successfully delivering projects in its own jurisdiction.”
The Community Self Build Agency is a charity dedicated to helping ex-servicemen with learning new skills and working together to build new communities to live in.