Six new sites secured by our Yorkshire division will provide more than 1,200 new homes across the region, including 30% affordable.
They will also bring a raft of community benefits, including open space, footpaths, cycleways and contributions to local education, healthcare and highways improvements.
News of these latest acquisitions comes shortly after we announced legal completions for the last financial year up 39% and a record order book at the start of the new financial year.
The new Yorkshire sites will feature homes from our Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection, which is perfectly aligned to the increased demand from customers for quality, well designed homes in areas which are great places to live.
Our Wakefield-based operation has now legally completed on two sites in Harrogate – for 146 properties at Kingsley Road and 95 homes off Claro Road – and a site for 114 new homes off Whitehall Road, New Farnley, Leeds.
Contracts are exchanged on three further parcels of land – for 270 homes at Bradley Villa Farm, Huddersfield; 289 properties in West Ardsley, and 303 homes at Moor Lane South in Ravenfield, near Rotherham.
John Handley, Yorkshire managing director, says: “These sites will be developed over a number of years, we’ve already put a spade in the ground on two of them and we’ll be taking completions in 2022.
“We are also in detailed negotiations for several more sites, which will deliver a further 1,160 homes, plus circa 500 properties earmarked for a new garden village north east of York.
“Successfully coordinating such a large influx of land acquisitions and the associated planning matters surrounding them has been a major achievement for our team, under the stewardship of land and planning director Sarah Carr. Our next priority is to ensure their successful transition to construction and sales.”
The six confirmed site acquisitions are well spread across our established West and North Yorkshire areas of operation, but also include the our first foray for some time into South Yorkshire. The reserved matters planning application for 303 properties on 35.5 acres at Ravenfield proposes 227 private-sale three, four and five-bedroom homes, plus 76 affordable homes.
“We’re extremely pleased to be expanding our geographical boundaries and look forward to bringing our Arts & Crafts inspired Heritage Collection to South Yorkshire when we start the site in spring 2022.” John adds.“We are keen to make further acquisitions right across the region, including the southern area of our patch.”