Catalyst has completed 19 much-needed new homes for affordable rent in the heart of the Chiltern Hills.

Housing association Catalyst acquired the site of the former care home Sidney House, which had been unused for many years, from Buckinghamshire Council and has built a 100% affordable development for people on the housing register in housing need.

Delivered with construction contractor Jarvis, the development, called Sidney Close, comprises 19 two-bedroom houses and has been designed to give the new street a real community feel. The new homes surround a central landscaped garden for residents, their families and the community, and seven of the homes have private gardens. With an attractive streetscape, all homes have allocated parking or car ports, raised brick planters by the front doors and bespoke wooden bin stores.

Through its design, Sidney Close respects and reflects the local area and wildlife with red Chiltern bricks chosen and bat boxes installed across the development. Future-ready and with sustainability at the forefront of Catalyst’s values and credentials, the development includes solar panels, and an electric point has been installed in each car port for charging electric vehicles. Each car port also has cycle storage racks.

Joe Marshall, Catalyst’s Managing Director, New Homes (Counties), said:

‘It’s with great pleasure that we announce the completion of 19 high-quality new affordable homes at Sidney Close in High Wycombe. The development not only brings much-needed affordable new homes for people on the Council’s housing register, but it also creates an attractive, landscaped area in the heart of the Buckinghamshire Chiltern Hills for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

‘Creating high-quality homes people love, and integrated, sustainable communities are at the core of Catalyst’s values. At Sidney Close, we’ve taken great care to respect and reflect the site’s biodiversity and natural landscape in its design, building future-ready, sustainable and attractive homes that meet local housing needs and with green space for families to enjoy.

‘Catalyst has over 2,200 homes in Buckinghamshire and, as a purpose-driven developer, we have plans to build hundreds of new homes across the Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge growth area, making us ideally placed to further invest in affordable housing in the region.’

Councillor Nick Naylor, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Regulatory Services, said:

‘We welcome this development which delivers 19 attractive new homes for affordable rent. As a council we are very aware of the need for quality social housing and will continue to work with partners to help achieve additional affordable rental properties for residents.’

Mark Doyle, CEO of Jarvis Group Construction told us:

‘As business lead, I am genuinely delighted that we have successfully delivered our first scheme with Catalyst at Sidney Close in High Wycombe. This is a very attractive, fully affordable housing scheme, that not only blends in with the surrounding area, but will provide beautiful, much-needed new homes and create a wonderful environment for families in the area, which has been designed to create a community feel.

‘Both Jarvis and Catalyst take pride in our approaches towards sustainable development, and this has been a main consideration throughout the design philosophy of this project.’