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ilke Homes secures order for new housing project
ilke Homes is set to deliver up to 140 homes in Nottinghamshire after being selected by Nottinghamshire County Council to regenerate a brownfield site in Arnold.
The deal, which followed a tender process, will see the redevelopment of a nine-acre site in Rolleston Drive in Arnold. The former council depot was derelict for six years before being destroyed by fire in 2017.
The homes will be manufactured at ilke Homes’ 250,000 sq ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Rolleston Drive.
The deal marks the first time that Nottinghamshire County Council has released land for a factory-built housing development. The local authority announced last year it was supporting major infrastructure and capital projects costing over £200m to help boost prosperity for its residents and the local economy. It has secured an £11m grant from Homes England to prepare eight redundant sites that it owns for housing development to meet growing demand in the county.
Because they are factory-built, these homes are more cost-effective to maintain, quicker to construct and have a lower carbon footprint than traditional brick houses. They can be built with less disruption on-site and require less complex groundworks, making them an ideal solution for local authorities who want to quickly regenerate surplus brownfield land.
The government has shown its support for modern methods of construction (MMC) in housing. Last year, ilke Homes secured a £30m investment from Homes England to increase the capacity of its factory, as part of a scheme to boost MMC and deliver more affordable homes across the UK.
Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Nottingham County Council to unlock this important brownfield site.
“Our housing technology means we can quickly deliver a high-quality scheme that brings this derelict site back into productive use and deliver much needed, sustainable family homes for the local community. It is our intention to submit a full planning application for an affordable led scheme of 2,3, and 4-bedroom houses by the end of the month.”
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottingham County Council, added: “The re-use of this site for housing will be a huge benefit to the community and ilke Homes already appear to be making progress with their planning application. The sale will realise a notable capital receipt for Nottinghamshire County Council.”
The project is ilke Homes’ third in Nottinghamshire. In July, it signed a deal with Network Rail to build 40 homes in Beeston. In February, ilke Homes delivered nine zero-carbon homes in Newark for SME developer, Positive Homes.