Redrow’s North regional chief executive Warren Thompson, outside the Bishopgarth site.
Redrow’s North regional chief executive Warren Thompson, outside the Bishopgarth site.
Nick Hill

Plans announced for £300m new homes boost across seven West Yorkshire developments

Homebuilder Redrow has announced new expansion plans across the Yorkshire region in 2018 with seven new developments in the pipeline.

The seven schemes will have a total finished worth of almost £300m and are expected to generate a raft of community benefits worth nearly £30m, including more than 160 affordable homes and over £3m towards local education provision.

Redrow’s seven new sites will provide 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 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 the 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.

St John Mews will be located opposite the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Wakefield Westgate train station.

A second site in Wakefield, Redrow at Cityfields 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, said: “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.”

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.

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.

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 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 development, to be named Stoney Bank Chase, will incorporate a woodland green space area.

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. Construction work is underway with a view to having homes on sale later this year.

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