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North of England to receive thousands of new homes with latest Homes England scheme

Partnership homebuilder, Keepmoat Homes has signed contracts to deliver more than 1,000 new homes across the North of England, in partnership with Homes England.

Contracts have been signed on four developments - two in the North East, one in Yorkshire and one in the East Midlands. Three of the schemes, Brookvale, Dominion and Sedgeletch, are part of the Homes England Accelerated Construction Programme.

In the East Midlands, 200 new homes will be delivered on Phase Two of the Brookvale development in Shirebrook. The development will also include public open space with new play equipment and ponds for the benefit of both the new homes and the existing community in Shirebrook.

Green corridors are also being created, linking the existing community with the new homes and amenity space within the development. Through the accelerated programme, all 200 homes will be completed and occupied by 2022, helping to create a new and sustainable community.

James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, said: “Keepmoat Homes is the largest delivery partner of Homes England and has been a member of successive Development Partner Panels, most recently DPP3.

“Since 2009, we have benefitted from £177m in funding to secure 12,456 homes with a total value of over £1.2bn, so we’re delighted to be working in partnership with them to deliver hundreds of much needed new homes in these four key locations across the North of England.

“In the next financial year we aim to build over 4,000 new homes right across the UK with an average selling price of £155k. We are committed to delivering high quality homes at prices that people can afford, with greater speed in line with the government’s objectives.”

In Yorkshire, 466 new homes will be delivered on Phase Two of the Dominion development in Doncaster.

The development, which is Doncaster’s first low-carbon community with all homes designed to the government’s Code for Sustainable Homes level three, also features green routes and a play area.

It is said that 172 homes have already been completed at the site with Phase Two due to start later this year. Also, 260 homes on the new phase will be for supposed ‘affordable’ rent and PRS.

The Sedgeletch and Eldon Whins developments in the North East will deliver 138 and 256 new homes respectively. At Eldon Whins, 230 homes will be for private sale with the remaining 26 available for rent and discounted sale, while at Sedgeletch 14 of the new homes will be available for rent and discounted sale.

Nick Walkley, chief executive at Homes England, added: “Keepmoat Homes are showing real ambition with their plans to build 1,000 new homes across the Midlands and the North of England.

“It’s another example of how Homes England will create strong partnerships and use our land and expertise to speed up the development of new homes.

“It’s really pleasing to see a strong commitment to providing affordable homes to increase the opportunities for local people to have their own home.”

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