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Rolleston Drive development in Arnold ‘on hold’ as supplier of factory-built homes seeks buyer

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Work on a new development in Arnold has been put on hold while the manufacturer of the factory-built homes destined for the site seeks a buyer to help raise cash to keep them operating

The announcement has angered those set to move into a new home on the site.

45 two-bedroom homes, 73 three-bedroom homes and 13 four-bedroom homes were set to be delivered to the site.

Modular housebuilder Ilke Homes were manufacturing the factory-built homes.

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But according to Building.co.uk all manufacturing work has been put ‘on hold’ by the manufacturer while they seek a buyer.

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PICTURED: An artist’s impression of the new homes on Rolleston Drive
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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 back in 2021

The industry website claims the factory has been ‘temporarily closed’ after the troubled firm up was put up for sale by shareholders as it seeks fresh funding to keep going in the face of a looming cash crunch.

A total of 46 homes were being made available through shared ownership from Snugg Homes, part of Jigsaw Homes Group.

The remaining 85 for affordable rent would have been managed by Jigsaw Homes Midlands and allocated to local people.

The social housing provider said the delay in completing the development was ‘beyond their control’.

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A spokesperson for Jigsaw Homes Group told Gedling Eye: “This is a difficult situation for all concerned.

“We have been informed that work at Rolleston Drive is on hold temporarily while ilke Homes negotiates with investors, but until then we have no further information.

“We appreciate this is upsetting for those who have been allocated and reserved homes.

“We have been working with Gedling Borough Council to let them know the situation and to offer people advice about their options, based on their individual circumstances.

“We do hope that the work will be completed so we can provide these much-needed affordable homes.”

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Sean Duggan had been promised a new home on the development with his son.

“I was promised a house for me and my son after being in a horrendous situation,” he said.

“I’ve been given three different dates on which we were meant to get the property. However each time it was pushed back.

“The council have made me get all my side sorted, which I did and met their time frames and this was really stressful as I am a single parent and I also work.

Now we’ve been informed via an email sent from Jigsaw Homes overnight informing me that we no longer are getting the house.

“We’ve waited a ridiculous amount of months and provided everything they’ve requested. We’re now having to go back on the search list, which I think personally is outrageous given what my child and I have been through and our circumstances!

“It’s truly disgusting and devastating that this has happened.”

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  1. Much like Grenfel, the social landlord says “beyond are control” its not are fault we didn’t apply due diligence to a company that has lost £65,000,000 in two years..

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