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More than 800 homes planned in £260m Hove scheme

More than 600 flats for rent are being planned as part of a £262 million scheme to transform a tired industrial estate in Hove.

A further 265 self-contained flats aimed at older people with care needs are also proposed for what the developers said was “Brighton and Hove’s largest brownfield site”.

They also promised “new open areas, green spaces and nature trails” on the nine-acre site near the top of Sackville Road.

And there is even the prospect of a new footbridge at Hove station and links with neighbouring schemes such as those in Newtown Road where KAP Peugeot wants to build almost 150 flats.

The housing association Hyde has almost finished building dozens of homes on another nearby site in Newtown Road.

The latest scheme involves demolishing all the current buildings on the Sackville Trading Estate and Hove Goods Yard – between Sackville Road and Hove station.

The details of the scheme are set out in a planning application which has been accepted by Brighton and Hove City Council from build-to-rent business Moda Living and the landowner Coal Pension Properties.

They include a series of blocks up to 13 storeys high, containing homes, shops and offices and “a multi-functional health and wellbeing centre”.

The scheme has been submitted to the council a month after outline plans for Toads Hole Valley where another developer hopes to build 880 homes on the northern edge of Hove.

The progress on both sites comes as housebuilder Crest Nicholson appears to have stalled with its scheme for the King Alfred Leisure Centre on Hove seafront.

Crest was picked as the council’s development partner almost three years ago to build hundreds of flats and a new swimming pool and sports facilities.

But the long delay in signing a key agreement has prompted councillors to call for Crest to be dropped.

The Sackville Trading Estate site has been the subject of previous planning applications but recently a great deal of attention has been focused there and on the wider area around Hove station.

Moda Living and Coal Pension Properties said that the site was in a strategic position within the designated “Hove station development area” in the council’s City Plan.

The Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum has been working on a wider masterplan for the local area.

Moda Living and Coal Pension Properties said that the Sackville Trading Estate and Hove Goods Yard had been identified for redevelopment for a number of years.

Their proposal, they said, would “secure the long-awaited redevelopment of this underutilised part of Hove”.

They also said that their scheme would provide “significant investment to enhance the overall vibrancy of the site while acting as a catalUyst for the wider regeneration of the Hove station area and of the city as a whole”.

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The Sackville Trading Estate

The applicants said: “The site is characterised by a general industrial / commercial feel, with the vast majority of the site currently underutilised with relatively low levels of employment.

“Previous attempts to see the site redeveloped several years ago were victim to the economic downturn and many of the units on the site have been vacant or under-used for a number of years in anticipation of redevelopment.

“Moda Living is an owner / operator / investor which is at the forefront in the new and ongoing build-to-rent revolution across the UK rental landscape.

“Fully funded for delivery and operation, Moda offers long-term management with on-site teams, actively promoting a healthy social lifestyle with the focus on aspirational residential experiences.

“A key focus for Moda is the creation of spaces for residents to live, work and play with an array of high-quality amenities such as lounges, cinemas and gyms as well as services such as 24-hour concierge and on-site management teams.

“Build-to-rent developments planned and managed by Moda provide much more than residential accommodation, creating place-making which provides a lifestyle for residents.

“Moda is playing a significant role in the regeneration of several cities across the UK, with developments (consented and under construction) in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool.

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A proposed entrance to the Sackville Road scheme

“Moda is creating destinations not just for residents but for the wider community to use and enjoy with high-quality environments offering spaces to ‘live, work and play’ for residents and visitors alike.

“The regeneration of the Sackville Trading Estate and Coal Yard represents an opportunity for Moda to bring their city living offer to Brighton and Hove and provide much needed housing for the city.

“There is also a long-term aspiration for a new footbridge link connecting the site (at the southeast) with Hove station.

“Discussions are ongoing between the applicant and Network Rail over the feasibility of such a link and the proposed development has been designed to accommodate a potential future footbridge as the applicant remains committed to providing a direct link from the site to the station if at all possible.”

The plans include 307 parking spaces for cars, almost half of them in the “care community” for older people, to be run by Mayfield Villages.

The applicants said: “Mayfield Villages is a new care community brand owned by Audley, an experienced and well respected owner and operator of high-quality care communities for older people.”

“When a resident decides to live in a Mayfield community, they have decided that they no longer wish to, or no longer can, live in their own homes.

“The reasons are many and can involve, illness, bereavement, the after-effects of major surgery, a break-in or simply ageing when the stairs and garden become too onerous to navigate or maintain.

“The average age of entry for residents in Audley’s existing villages is currently 79 years and it is anticipated that the same will be true for the proposed Mayfield Villages development.

“The projected employment levels for Mayfield’s care community in Hove is anticipated to be 75 full-time equivalent staff.

“Mayfield Village communities are centred on their communal facilities, which comprise a significant proportion of the floor area and include
▪ hydrotherapy pool and treatment rooms
▪ hairdressing salon
▪ gymnasium with exercise machines and exercise room
▪ full commercial kitchen
▪ restaurant and bar / bistro for informal eating
▪ relaxation terrace and external landscaped sitting areas
▪ library
▪ hobbies room / painting studio
▪ village hall
▪ meeting room for use by staff and residents
▪ care office
▪ 24-hour security facilities

“Mayfield organise and facilitate a full weekly calendar of activities ranging from lectures to language classes, from bridge club to visits off-site. Residents decide what they want and how they want to live.”

Moda Living and Coal Pension Properties added: “The proposed development will deliver significant socio-economic benefits for the city.”

It said that these included
▪ £140 million capital investment
▪ 613 new build-to-rent homes housing for 1,141 residents
▪ 265 new care home residential units for 365 residents
▪ 455 gross full-time equivalent jobs (330 net direct full-time equivalent jobs)
▪ a further 92 gross full-time equivalent construction jobs
▪ 90 skills development, work placements and apprentice starts for young people
▪ about £1.95 million in annual public sector receipts from additional council tax and business rates
▪ an estimated £10.2 million economic impact for the construction phase and a further annual £6.68 million to the local economy each year

The council is aiming to decide whether to grant planning permission by Thursday 7 March.

Source: Brighton & Hove News

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Hundreds of new homes to be built in Derbyshire

Hundreds of new houses look set to be built in South Derbyshire after planning for the initial phase of the strategic site was approved.

Pegasus Group is managing and promoting a major project in Swadlincote which is being developed for residential, retail and leisure use through the Local Plan.

South Derbyshire District Council approved plans that will enable works including roundabout access, to the spine road, and all associated earthworks, drainage and landscaping at Cadley Park, Swadlincote.

Pegasus Group is managing the application on behalf of the Harworth Group, who will develop the site to facilitate the sale of residential parcels.

Pegasus Group has subsequently submitted a reserved matters application to build 400 houses on the site, on behalf of Avant Homes.

The new roundabout will be built off the A514 William Nadin Way, on a main road through the town to serve the proposed Cadley Park development. Outline planning permission for the scheme was granted in June.

Steve Lewis-Roberts, planning director at Pegasus Group’s East Midlands office, said: “The approval of infrastructure works, to include the new roundabout at Swadlincote, will allow for the swift delivery of residential parcels.”

Once complete, the development will include a children’s place space, sports pitches with changing facilities, a new urban park as well as pedestrian and cycle ways.

Source: The Business Desk

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More than 80,000 affordable homes built in Scotland over last decade

The number of affordable homes built in Scotland has increased by a fifth in a year, while more than 80,000 have been completed since 2007.

Scotland’s chief statistician released figures showing 18,182 new houses were finished in the one-year period measured until June, an overall rise of 4%.

Of the total number of new builds, 8,767 are considered affordable, up 21% on the 7,271 completions in the previous year.

There were 5,340 social rented homes delivered, a yearly increase of 864 homes.

In the same period there were 19,903 new houses under construction, a decrease of 1,231 homes (6%) on the 20,534 starts in the previous year.

Private-led starts fell by 1,593 homes (11%), while local authority starts increased by 577 homes (48%), but housing association approvals decreased by 215 (4%).

I am proud that this government has now delivered more than 80,000 affordable homes since 2007

Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to our drive for a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

“That is why I am proud that this government has now delivered more than 80,000 affordable homes since 2007.

“This is a significant achievement – boosting the supply of affordable homes in communities right across the country.

“During the course of this Parliament we are investing more than £3 billion to deliver our target of at least 50,000 affordable, high-quality homes, including 35,000 homes for social rent.

“While we know this is an ambitious target, we have shown we can deliver on housing and we will continue to do so.”

Compared to England, approximately 50% more affordable homes and more than five times as many social rented properties have been built per head of population in Scotland since 2014.

Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown said: “The programme to develop 35,000 new homes for social rent by 2021 is one of the most important projects on the Scottish Government’s agenda.

“The latest figures show that with half the time gone only 11,825 social homes have been completed to date.

“This leaves much of the target on the drawing board and means we will have to see an acceleration in building if the target is to be met.

“The more homes programme is a promise to Scotland that must not be broken.

“It represents the biggest investment in social housing since the 1970s and a chance to begin to restore the foundations of our housing safety net which has been badly damaged by decades of underinvestment.”

Source: Shropshire Star

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Plan for 700 rental homes to revitalise historic city site gets green light

A £200 million proposal to create a new residential neighbourhood with more than 700 homes in a historic area has been granted planning permission.

Residential investor Get Living said its build-to-rent  scheme will transform a derelict site behind High Street train station in Glasgow.

It said that Glasgow City Council has approved plans which will enable the investment partnership behind Get Living PLC to invest £200 million to build 727 new build-to-rent homes on the 7.5-acre site behind the station.

The scheme will feature a new public square, 99 student studios and around 3,365 sq m of space for retail, leisure, food and drink and commercial businesses.

New development
The development will feature 727 new build-to-rent homes (Get Living/PA)

There will also be new tree-lined access routes on the site to connect the Merchant City through to the East End via High Street.

Rick de Blaby, Executive Chairman of Get Living, said: “We welcome the decision by Glasgow City Council to grant consent for our neighbourhood and believe it will bring much needed, in-demand, high-quality homes for rent to the heart of the city.

“With a wealth of commercial developments in the city centre and on the waterfront of the river Clyde, it is an exciting time for Glasgow and it is fantastic to be able to say we are now a part of its ongoing revitalisation.

“We have listened carefully to the views of local businesses and the people of Glasgow in forming these ambitious plans.

“Now, as long-term investors, we will build on those relationships even further in the years to come and look to become part of Glasgow’s Civic Family, delivering a new area of the City’s fabric with important historical significance.”

Other than a section currently used as a car park the site has lain vacant and derelict for many years.

Developers said the Molendinar Burn, the original freshwater source upon which Glasgow was founded, passes underneath the site while the area was home to the University of Glasgow before it moved to the west end in the 19th century.

Work on the first phase of the development is expected to start in 2019, subject to securing a building warrant.

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: “This development will completely overhaul a key area of Glasgow, located right on the cusp of the city centre in an ideal location. It is an impressive and extensive scheme in both its scale and ambition, creating hundreds of high-quality homes alongside competitively located commercial space.

“Attracting people to live centrally is a key priority for our urban planners, driving sustained volumes of footfall for the retail and leisure sectors whilst also bringing skilled workers closer to their jobs and reducing travel demand. ”

He added: “Securing planning permission is an important milestone and we’re looking forward to watching the progress of Glasgow’s newest neighbourhood.”

Source: Express and Star

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2,000 homes planned as Shropshire Council to set up its own house building company

Shropshire Council is to enter the housing business by setting up a company to build more than 2,000 homes across the county in the next ten years.

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House Building Rate Hits a Decade-high

Official figures reveal that the house building rate hit a decade-high in 2017, prompting the Government to declare that it is on track to achieve its goal of delivering 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The data indicates that 222,190 new homes were built during last year, the highest level since the 2007/2008 peak and an increase of 2% annually.

The additions consist of 195,290 new builds, 29,720 change of use properties, 4,550 conversions, and 680 other property gains. The total gains were offset by 8,050 demolitions.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire said that the figures are encouraging and confirm another annual increase in the number of new properties delivered, but the government is determined to do more to ensure that needed homes are delivered.

The Housing Secretary said that this is why an ambitious target of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020’s has been set, This includes changing the planning rules, investing over £44bn, and eliminating the borrowing cap so councils can produce more homes.

The yearly supply growth rate remains down compared to 2016/2017, when supply was up by 15% and has slowed to its lowest total since 2013/2014 when a boost of 10% was recorded.

Naismiths managing director Blane Perrotton said that since Brexit made UK construction hesitate, housebuilders have prided themselves on keeping things running at home.

He pointed out that as other sectors slowed down, housebuilders remained busy during the housing crisis. The confirmation that the house building rate in 2017-18 saw more completions than at any other point in the decade was prideworthy for a sector that responded energetically to increased demand.

Mr. Perrotton did indicate that the speed of growth has fallen from 25% in 2014-15 to only 2% last year. He blamed weaker demand and reduced developer confidence since Brexit.

Knight Frank head of UK residential research Grainne Gilmore said that net additions remain approximately 26% lower than the 300,000 annual target set by the Government.

The number of Energy Performance Certificates issued to new homes is indicative of a sustained increase in activity, but other data that collects information on new properties being commenced on site show moderate activity,

There is also a challenge for London policymakers, with net additions in the city sinking by 20% over the year.

Home Builders Federation executive chairman Stewart Baseley said that while wider economic uncertainty has slowed down the second-hand market, the presence of Help to Buy to enable first-time buyers to buy newly constructed homes have motivated builders to invest and increase the house building rate.

Mr. Baseley said that the increases are both providing new homes and boosting the national economy. Thousands of new jobs have been created by house building sites, which have also contributed billions towards improving communities and local infrastructure. He said that the Government still needs to work with the housing sector to help it deliver more homes if the 300,000 target is to be reached.

Source: CRL

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City council invests £5m in bringing 50 homes back into use

The city council is to invest £5 million buying properties in Nottingham, so they can be rented out again as social housing.

It is hoped the scheme will help alleviate the current demand for social housing in the city, and could see around 50 houses all over the city brought back into public ownership.

Already, in the first tranche of the project, £2.85 million has been spent on buying 30 properties.

Now, after the Conservative Government lifted a long-opposed borrowing cap for buying social housing, Nottingham City Council has taken advantage and approved plans for the £5 million scheme.

The houses the city council buy will be former council houses which have been bought by tenants under right-to-buy.

Currently, people who live in council-owned housing have the right to buy their house from the council.

But if the private tenants later sell that property, the council is offered the first right of refusal to buy that house back.

The £5 million will be used to take up that offer, and then make any necessary improvements, in order to rent out the houses.

It will add to more than 500 new-build houses which the city council has built in the last five years with housing association Nottingham City Homes.

Councillor Jon Collins is the leader of the city council and represents the St Ann’s ward for Labour.

He said: “We had already begun buying homes in this way, spending £2.85m on over 30 properties to bring them back into our housing stock – and the lifting of the borrowing cap allows us to continue with the second phase of this programme.

“With an ever-growing waiting list and the increasing problem of homelessness, we’re looking at every way possible to increase the number of affordable homes in the city. We have a legal duty to accommodate homeless people.

“We want to make sure we’re not housing these people in bed and breakfast because it’s four times more expensive than a normal rented house. Keeping people in bed and breakfast is incredibly expensive and it’s damaging to families and children.

“Buying houses in this way allows us to provide better accommodation much more quickly and cost-effectively than building from scratch, but having said that, we have completed 500 new homes in the last five years in partnership with Nottingham City Homes.

“Our Building a Better Nottingham programme is the biggest council house building programme for a generation, introducing new, high-quality homes in areas of high demand.”

“We also work alongside all social housing providers to enable more affordable homes to be built all over the city, and require developers of larger schemes to include affordable homes.”

Source: West Bridgford Wire

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Work begins to build new homes in Bourne

A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the start of a £3m development in Bourne to provide new homes in the town centre.

The project, run by South Kesteven District Council’s commercial company Gravitas Housing, will bring 20 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom town houses, along with 25 parking spaces, increased from 20 following public consultation.

The Deputy Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Cllr Kelham Cooke, said that attracting residents to come and live in the town centre was an essential part of the council’s vision for the district.

He said: “The council commissioned a survey by a national property firm that not only identified a low supply of town centre homes but also highlighted a buoyant demand for quality properties in Bourne, which is within commuting distance of Peterborough.

“Wherry’s Lane will, therefore, help us deliver much-needed high quality new homes for Bourne right in the heart of the town, with a wide range of shops, services, facilities and employment opportunities within easy walking distance. The new development will contribute to the vitality of the town.”

The project’s design reflects the neighbouring historic mill, as well as fitting in with contemporary properties at Wherry’s Lane and providing a sense of enclosure in keeping with the character of this historic market town.

Planning agreements will help the nearby Hereward Group Practice health centre with £11,000 to meet increasing patient numbers. A further £454,000 will be set aside to help provide affordable housing off site.

The Gravitas project, next to Bourne Conservation Area, will be built by contractor RG Carter in sympathetic red brick with slate tile roofs and frontage to both Burghley Street and Wherry’s Lane, with a four-storey focal point at the junction of those streets.

Senior project officer Gemma Harte said: “The ceremonial turf cutting marks a significant milestone in the construction of 25 new properties for the town centre.

“This is the first of a pipeline of schemes for Gravitas Housing and we are determined for it to be a success. Not only will this project offer a new market housing product in Bourne it will, as a result of the planning agreement, generate much needed affordable homes in the town too.”

Gravitas Housing is a wholly-owned commercial housing company giving SKDC the opportunity to acquire, develop and manage housing and commercial residential property in the private sector.

Source: Lincolnshire Today