£300m Homes boost across seven West Yorkshire sites
Between them the seven schemes will have a finished worth of almost £300 million and will bring with them a raft of community benefits worth nearly £30 million, including more than 160 affordable homes and over £3 million towards local education provision.
Redrow’s seven new sites are set to provide a total of more than 1,000 new homes. With the HBF estimating an average of 4.3 jobs supported for every new home built, that could amount to more than 4,300 jobs being sustained, either through direct employment on site, indirect employment within the supply chain or induced employment through the spending of construction workers and residents in local shops and businesses.
The developments are all in or close to Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield and some sites are already owned outright, while others are contracted subject to planning permission.
Several of the new schemes will regenerate redundant brownfield sites, including redevelopment of the West Yorkshire Police former training facilities at Bishopgarth, close to Wakefield city centre.
The police moved to new training facilities at Carr Gate in 2014 and now Redrow has planning permission to replace the old classrooms, training rooms and other buildings with 112 two-three and four-bedroom homes at a development to be known as St John Mews. It’s a prime location, opposite the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Wakefield Westgate train station, and homes could be on sale this summer.
A second site in Wakefield, Redrow at Cityfields - just off the new Wakefield East Relief Road – will bring 123 two, three and four-bedroom new homes, including 37 affordable properties. Redrow hopes to have a sales outlet open this summer.
Warren Thompson, Redrow’s North regional chief executive, commented: “These two schemes will bring a total of 235 new homes to Wakefield, which is particularly pleasing given that our Yorkshire division’s headquarters can be found on the Wakefield 41 business park. It will be great to have such a strong presence in our own ‘home’ city.”
Redrow also has planning consent to build 241 new homes on the site of the old Stocks block manufacturing plant in Garforth. To be named Roundwood, the development will offer a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes and feature properties from both Redrow’s Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection and classical styles from its Georgian influenced Regent Collection. There will be 36 affordable properties among the total and the site will include open space and a cycle path network connecting the site and surrounding development to Green Lane and East Garforth train station, together with drainage improvements which will benefit the local area.
“Bringing redundant brownfield sites like this back into vibrant use and creating new communities is an important element of what we do. We will also be creating and supporting hundreds of jobs, directly on site, indirectly within the supply chain and also induced jobs through local spending by construction workers and home owners,” Warren added.
Planning consent has also been secured to redevelop 71 properties on surplus land at AGFA Graphics, just off the Leeds Outer Ring Road. The 11 affordable properties here will be designated for older people and Redrow’s scheme has been designed to enhance the existing Hawthorn Farm nature conservation area which adjoins the site. The first of the one, two, three and four-bedroom homes could be on sale as early as June this year.
Redrow has already been named by Scarborough Group International and Legal & General Capital as delivery partner to construct 292 new homes, including 44 affordable properties at Thorpe Park in East Leeds. Infrastructure works are being carried out and work could start as early as April this year with homes available for sale in the summer. Redrow has introduced bespoke designs, more contemporary in nature, and home owners will benefit from close proximity to a new retail/leisure park that will be home to Next, TK Maxx, Boots, M&S Food and an Odeon cinema, among others.
Almost six acres of land off Stoneybank Lane, Thongsbridge, in the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire, is earmarked for 52 two, three and four-bedroom homes. The scenic views from the site and close proximity to Holmfirth are expected to make this a popular location and the development, to be named Stoney Bank Chase, will incorporate a woodland green space area. Homes could be on sale towards the end of the year.
Completing the seven sites is land off Pilling Lane, Scissett, where Redrow has permission for Langley Grange, 200 two, three and four-bedroom new homes, 15% of which will be affordable. The scheme includes the creation of three new ponds for Great Crested newts and the development will include a number of underpasses and bridges to ensure the newts can travel safely through the site. Construction work is underway with a view to having homes on sale later this year.
These developments will help secure Redrow’s position as one of the region’s leading housebuilders, responsible for circa 500 new homes per annum and current holder of children’s charity Variety’s Yorkshire Residential Property Awards ‘housebuilder of the year’ title. For details of homes currently available or to register interest in future developments visit www.redrow.co.uk/yorkshire.