Thursday, December 6, 2012

News: HCA cash confirmed for Rotherham housing development


Gleeson Homes will be able to make use of £2.226m loan funding secured from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to start work on its housing development at Swinton in Rotherham.

Gleeson's proposed development on the former Croda Bitumen Site was placed on a shortlist of 224 schemes bidding for the Get Britain Building Fund.

The money will now be made available once the council confirm that the site has been remediated and a validation certificate has recently been submitted.

Craig Johns, area manager at the HCA said: "The development at Carlisle Park offers a real choice of quality homes to local residents where they want to live at a price they can afford. Our investment will ensure that a local firm will provide these homes which will help safeguard jobs in South Yorkshire."

Steve Gamble, land director at Gleeson Homes Group, added: "We are delighted that Carlisle Park is part of Get Britain Building. The programme will help us to deliver the first tranche of 125 new homes from an overall scheme of 381 properties which are built and priced to suit local people.

"The project will also have a positive effect of the wider community with the creation of new jobs, apprenticeship opportunities for local young people and investment back into the local area."

The Woodford Group were bringing the former industrial site in Kilnhurst forward as a housing development in 2006, but the plans were eventually put on hold when the Woodford Group decided not to continue their interest in the site.

Gleeson Homes & Regeneration had a conditional contract to purchase the site subject to planning and have recently secured outline planning permission for 381 two, three and four bed family dwellings.

Remediation will include removing foundations, soft lime waste, and "grossly contaminated areas of made ground" plus the stabilisation / solidification treatment of soil, the installation of a high performance engineered capping layer and the protection of the River Don.

The HCA cash will cover just the first 125 houses of the development and the first home will be completed by March 2013 with a sales office opening from January next year.

Gleeson website

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