Friday, July 10, 2020

Go ahead for 154 modular homes in Selby

Legal & General Modular Homes has gained planning consent to deliver 154 homes, using modular construction, at an eight acre site on Portholme Road, Selby in North Yorkshire.

At the Selby scheme, Legal & General Modular Homes will deliver a full development proposition from buying land, developing the product, achieving planning consent through to delivery. The Selby development will provide up to 130 jobs across the supply chain, and will see Legal & General Modular Homes recruit a further 50 employees to support the scheme.

The development includes up to 30% affordable housing. It will be developed on the site of the former Selby civic centre, bringing back into good use a site which has remained vacant for seven years. The masterplan at the site in Selby incorporates a mix of contemporary terraced houses and low-rise apartments.

Legal & General Modular Homes will deliver 76 one and two bedroom apartments, alongside 78 two and three bedroom houses. All homes have been designed to achieve EPC Standard A, currently only achieved by circa 1% of new homes.

From its factory in Sherburn-in-Elmet in Yorkshire, Legal & General Modular Homes has ambitions to build its annual housing delivery to 3,000 modular homes a year in 2024.

Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, construction sites across the UK have closed, putting housing targets in jeopardy and exacerbating the shortage of homes in the UK. Legal & General and its housing businesses have continued to pay 100% of employees’ wages during lockdown.

With its controlled factory environment and having re-aligned production with additional measures to accommodate strict social distancing, last week operatives were able to return safely to the 550,000 sq ft modular manufacturing facility.

Design and digital engineering specialists there have been able to work remotely throughout the lockdown period and 75 employees have now returned to the factory as part of the gradual phasing back of its 250 staff.

Rosie Toogood, CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, said: “Using modular construction, Legal & General will be able to deliver high quality homes at a much faster rate than through traditional construction. In a post COVID-19 crisis environment, the speed of delivery will be more important than ever before.

“Our journey to revolutionise the UK’s construction industry is well underway, and planning consent at Portholme Road, Selby is testament to this. This scheme, along with our proposals at Bonnington Walk in Bristol, will showcase the benefits of modular construction. Achieving planning permission for this Selby scheme is a fantastic milestone for the business, and a major achievement for the team, particularly set against the current backdrop.”

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