Wednesday, February 12, 2014

News: Keepmoat bring forward plans for £30m Rotherham development

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The Manvers-based regeneration team at Keepmoat has submitted plans for a £33m housing development in Rotherham.

The first phase of the Whinney Hill site off Oldgate Lane at Dalton, will initially see 87 new homes developed in partnership between Keepmoat and the council.

Keepmoat was appointed by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver the homes in March 2013 after a competitive tender process.

Forming part of a £33m investment in housing over the next ten years, the first phase of the development will see 25 per cent of the two, three and four bedroom homes to be owned and managed by the council.

As well as affordable homes, the plans reveal areas designated for green space and enhancements to a park as well as improvements to nearby highways. The site has been derelict for almost 20 years after previous back to back terraced housing was demolished.

Daniel Crew, partnerships manager for Keepmoat, said: "We are delighted to be involved in this project, which will bring much needed housing to the people of Rotherham.

"The development will also create employment opportunities for the local community, with three apprentices to be recruited from the local area as we look to invest in the community.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with the council to deliver this exciting new regeneration project, which will bring huge benefits for the local community."

Cllr. Rose McNeely, Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, added: "These plans have long been in the making and residents are overjoyed at the news that work may soon commence on the site.

"The development will provide much needed affordable housing for the people of Rotherham and will improve the area no end."

As part of Keepmoat's commitment to use local materials and labour where possible, the developer will hold a meet the developer event to give local firms the catch to pitch for work on site.

Rotherham social housing contractor, Bramall Construction, became known as Keepmoat in 2012 following a merger. With headquarters at Manvers, Bramall celebrated 80 years in Rotherham in 2011. They specialise in refurbishment, new build, Extra Care, specialist housing and bringing schools up to 21st Century standards.

Rotherham Council is to have an "enabling and entrepreneurial role" in stimulating local housing growth, backed with a £30m war chest to boost house building and the construction industry. An independent planning inspector recently requested that Rotherham's overall housebuilding target will have to increase from around 14,000 houses to around 17,000 over the 15 year life of the borough's Local Plan.

Keepmoat website

Images: Keepmoat / John Thompson & Partners

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