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Factory-built homes plan approved for Rolleston Drive site in Arnold that was destroyed by fire

The new homes will be manufactured by ilke Homes at their 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Rolleston Drive.


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A new development of 131 factory-built low-cost homes – one of the largest of its kind in Nottinghamshire – is now underway in Arnold after planning permission was granted by Gedling Borough Council.

The new modular homes will be built on land in Rolleston Drive.

The land previously housed council offices that were gutted by fire back in 2017.  

After the fire, the land was cleared and concreted over.

But it will now get a new lease of life after plans for the homes got the green light last week.

The Homes England-backed scheme will deliver 45 two-bedroom homes, 73 three-bedroom homes and 13 four-bedroom homes – all of which will made available for either shared ownership or low-cost rent.

The new homes will be manufactured by ilke Homes at their 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Rolleston Drive.

They will be constructed in phases consisting of 15 properties at a time and transported to site. The first homes are expected to be in place, tested and handed over in May 2022 with all 131 homes ready by summer 2023.

The houses are being manufactured for Jigsaw Homes, who will eventually own and operate the scheme.

The new development, is one of the largest modular schemes to be funded through the Affordable Homes Programme by the Government’s housing agency,

Factory built homes
PICTURED: AN example of factory-built homes, with similar ones arriving to the site in Arnold early next year
Rolleston Drive in Arnold
PICTURED: AN aerial view of the site on Rolleston Drive
PICTURED: Joanne Bonnington, assistant director of development at Jigsaw Homes Group and John Hickman, development director (Midlands) at ilke Homes at the Rolleston Drive site

It is Jigsaw’s first foray into delivering factory-built houses as part of its sustainability strategy and plans to reach net zero carbon by 2050.

Garnet Fazackerley, operations director of development at Jigsaw Homes Group said: “This is an incredibly exciting project and one that will potentially change the way we look at development in the future.

“Not only will these homes be affordable and meet the local housing need but are beautifully built as well as being sustainable. 

“We are proud to be working with ilke Homes and Homes England to bring innovative housing to Gedling.”

Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “This new scheme is breathing life into a site that has laid derelict for over six years, so it’s great to see work beginning on site.

As one of the country’s most forward-thinking housing associations, Jigsaw Homes Group shares our ambition of ensuring that the homes delivered are some of the country’s most energy-efficient, with residents benefitting from homes that are not only cheap to run, but also a joy to live in from day one, thanks to our manufacturing processes enabling us to benchmark quality at various points.

“Since securing the site last year, we’ve worked closely with Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling Borough Council to ensure the development will deliver best value.”

Deputy Leader for Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said: “I’m very pleased to see work beginning at the Rolleston Drive site.

“This development will breathe much needed new life to this unused brownfield site, a site which had been an eyesore for local residents for a very long time.

“One of our main priorities is to redevelop vacant or underused sites to create affordable homes and provide much needed new homes to boost the local economy.  

“We will work together with our local housing providers to bring this development together to offer high quality, energy efficient and affordable housing for our residents and I look forward to seeing the works as they progress.”

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