Law firm advises social landlord on 2,500 home Swindon scheme

Law firm Winckworth Sherwood has advised Sovereign Housing Association on a scheme for up to 2,500 homes in Swindon.

The law firm has also been reappointed to the social landlord's legal panel for a further four years. It was first appointed in 2011.

Winckworth Sherwood advised Sovereign, which owns and manages 60,000 homes across the South and South West of England, on its acquisition of 640 homes for the Swindon scheme, acquired in a joint venture with Countryside.

The scheme, called Lotmead Farm, has outline planning permission for up to 2,500 homes and will create a number of neighbourhoods over a 365-acre site, with 30% of the homes genuinely affordable delivered exclusively for Sovereign through s106 commitments and Homes England grant funding.

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The scheme will include two primary schools, local centres, nurseries, retail and commercial space. The neighbourhoods will also feature 1.76ha of play areas, a sports hub and pavilion, 1.76ha allotments and 62.29ha green spaces.

The Winckworth Sherwood team advising Sovereign was led by social housing partner Charlie Proddow supported by Senior Associate Krissun Soodin.

Proddow said: “We are thrilled to be reappointed to the Sovereign panel. Winckworth Sherwood has a strong relationship with the Sovereign team and look forward to helping them continue to provide homes and create communities across the South and South West of England.

“We are equally thrilled to have a played a role in advising Sovereign on the Lotmead scheme. It is a significant development that will bring forward much needed homes for those living and working near Swindon.”