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ilke Homes secures biggest development site to date
ilke Homes – the North Yorkshire-based modular housing company – has secured a 14.6-acre site in Grantham, which will be transformed into the company’s largest scheme to date.
The site, which is located on Dysart Road, benefits from detailed planning consent for 227 homes granted by South Keveston District Council. Enabling works have already been undertaken by the former landowner, Anderson Group.
All of the homes will be manufactured offsite at ilke Homes’ 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Dysart Road.
The deal follows recent news that ilke Homes has been selected as a developer by Nottinghamshire County Council to regenerate a brownfield site in Arnold, Nottingham which will see the delivery of 140 factory-built homes.
By manufacturing its homes offsite, disruptions to the local community can be kept to a minimum and huge energy savings will also be achieved – both during the manufacturing stage and when the homes are operational.
Precision-engineering techniques means that the homes being delivered will be some of the most energy-efficient in the country. ilke Homes is able to manufacture its homes to consistently achieve at least a ‘B’ Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, with the majority achieving an ‘A’ – making them more energy-efficient than 92 percent of the UK’s housing stock.
Due to the homes being more airtight and using sustainable building fabrics, it takes less energy to heat and cool the homes. This means all the new homes at Dysart Road will exceed the government’s Future Homes Standard, which begins in 2021 and aims to reduce carbon emissions from housing by a third, while also exceeding the UK Green Building Council’s embodied carbon targets.
Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in early October, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said he wanted modern methods of construction to be a significant part of the government’s future housing investment plans – an ambition backed by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak.
In 2019, ilke Homes struck a sector-first deal with Homes England, with the government’s national housing agency investing £30m into the modular housing company to help scale-up its factory’s production capacity.
ilke Homes worked closely with the Anderson Group and real estate firm CBRE to agree the deal.
Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have secured a deal with the Anderson Group and to have worked on our first deal with CBRE. As a result of this deal, we will be unlocking a site which benefits from detailed planning consent. Thanks to our modular housing technology, we will be able to deliver 227 much-needed sustainable homes for the local community in just over two years.”