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Green light for new homes in Leicestershire

A development of 55 new-build homes in Asfordby has been given the green light by Melton Borough Council.

 

Deeley Homes purchased the site three-miles west of Melton Mowbray last year and will be working in partnership with social housing and care organisation emh group to deliver the development.

 

The 6.15 acre site, which will be accessed by Saxelby Road, will be a split of shared ownership and market sale homes, and also include 10 affordable rent properties.

 

Detailed planning permission has now been given after the site secured outline planning permission in May 2018.

 

More than two thirds of the housing will now be affordable, which led the council to remove the requirement to contribute £25,000 to affordable homes elsewhere in the area.

 

The developers will be making contributions to improve highway safety outside the nearby primary school, upgrade local bus stops, provide bus passes and travel packs to new residents and also contribute to libraries and secondary education provision in the area.

 

Work is set to start on site in the Autumn, and is expected to be completed early in 2022

 

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, said: “We’re excited to be bringing this development to market, whilst also providing key affordable housing for local people in Asfordby and surrounding areas.

 

“We will be working in partnership with emh group on both the market sale and affordable housing properties – ensuring the development responds to the needs of the area.

 

“The location of the development brings many advantages including excellent travel links to nearby towns and strong school options for residents.

 

“We will be making improvements to infrastructure around the development and are confident the scheme will be of great benefit to the area.”

 

Chris Jones, Executive Director of Development at emh group, said: “As a strategic partner of Homes England, the government housebuilding agency, we aim to deliver 600 new affordable homes across the East Midlands every year.

 

“I am delighted that through a strong partnership with Deeley Homes and Melton Borough Council we are contributing to meeting the housing needs and aspirations of people in the area with new homes for shared ownership and affordable rent.”

 

Blog: How construction is adapting to a limited return to site working

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, on how construction is adapting to a limited return to site working

There is no doubt that parts of the economy are beginning to show signs of life – but the tap is only being turned on very slowly.

I was on one of many recent video calls when someone said that as we end lockdown it will be a little like when you have had your boiler repaired. When you turn on tap it splutters as the pipes refill and takes a while for the flow to be resumed.

On the construction side of the Deeley Group, the announcement of lockdown and social distancing meant our tap was tightly turned off and we closed our 11 sites.

I fully appreciate that it is very difficult for Government to be clear and concise bearing in mind the myriad of unprecented measures they are bringing in at the moment but there was, at best, uncertainty as to what was essential working.

Also, the advice that work would continue also came with a heavy hint that there was little understanding as to how a site works and that did cause concern in the industry.

Slowly the sector got to grips with exactly how we could continue working to a level while strictly adhering to the social distancing rules. That has, inevitably, meant big changes in how we work.

For example, signing in is now by text rather than an electronic fingerprint system; canteens are closed; site times, break times and lunch times are staggered; we can only have 10-30 per cent of the number of people on site to allow for social distancing.

There have been struggles getting materials – especially plasterboard – and many of the builders’ merchants were closed until very recently. That is all easing and the supply of UK-produced goods is getting much better, but there will be times when we are held up by the absence of products such as lifts or air-conditioning units, which have to be imported.

Interestingly, in a world of sub-contractors, there has been a total regard for the health and wellbeing of staff, which has been refreshing to witness particularly when, at the same time, there were images from major construction projects where workers paying no attention to the guidance.

Sub-contractors are only coming back to sites where they are confident that social distancing can be maintained and, when it can’t, there is suitable PPE used by all.

But no-one should be under the impression that this means we are back to normal. Social distancing is likely to remain in place for many months to come and this means that the rate of construction is going to remain low because of the limited numbers on site.

As ever, industry is going to have to find a way to overcome the hurdle. We might need

to extend working hours as we have the longer evenings arriving, almost operating a two-shift system to maximise the number of working hours on site.

I think an increase in weekend working is almost inevitable, but that will not only allow us to maintain progress as much as possible but it will also allow sub-contractors to earn, which will very welcome after the last two months.

Equally inevitable will be increased costs because efficient sequencing of a build will not be possible given the restrictions in place and the equipment shortages.

There are also other more trivial, but still important, consequences. Spirit on a site is always important but with people working alone we simply cannot interact in the same way.

There is going to be part of our morale that is absent as we miss the joke that we don’t hear, and the catch up over a coffee during a break.

But that is a small price to pay.

Blog: The planning system during lock down….

Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director of the Deeley Group, casts her eye over how the planning system is adjusting to life in lockdown

At a time when people have been panic buying shopping for toilet rolls, cutting their own hair and congregating for karaoke parties during the lockdown, it is refreshing – and indeed rare – to highlight the planning structure as a model of good sense.

Despite the tragic events which have crippled countries across the globe and robbed families of loved ones, other aspects of life have to try to operate as normal or at least adapt to the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves.

I think everyone has been pleasantly surprised, for example, how quickly people have adjusted to working from home and meeting virtually.

It would have been all too easy for development and construction to grind to a total halt. While many of the aspects of the profession have been rendered impossible through restrictions, the Government flexing planning regulations has allowed a great deal of work to continue when otherwise it would have been forced to cease.

The change has allowed more planning matters to be agreed under delegated powers which means that there continues to be a flow of applications being processed.

As with all aspects of business during the lockdown period, precise preparation and clear communication are vital in ensuring officers have as full a picture as possible allowing them to be comfortable they are able to make the right decisions.

The changes to planning regulations have also given council’s certain freedoms to decide the best ways to operate within guidelines.

Planning meetings can, for example, be held remotely with members logging in over the internet or on the telephone. The location of a meeting can now be defined digitally such as a web address or video conference call rather than a physical place.

As long as committee members, officers and applicants can hear and be heard then a meeting can go ahead. Contributions from the members of the public if they are allowed to speak can be registered in advantage.

I wonder how many times committees would like to have had a “mute facility” at their disposal in real meetings!

Public consultations are, by their very nature, far harder to carry out during lockdown yet the Local Government Association Planning Advisory Service has urged local authorities to press on employing social media, interactive maps and online information, and utilising virtual groups through channels such as Facebook.

These are still early days relative to public consultations and there are more formal and structured elements to the process which may not be able to be conducted remotely, and there is talk of guidance being flexed to make that possible should this situation continue.

There are elements which have proved trickier to overcome. Some smaller councils do not have it within their constitution to make decisions without a physical meeting while traffic counts – a key factor in planning applications and consents – are impossible to measure when we are restricted to essential journeys only.

Again, if lockdown continues then the system will have to adapt and research has shown that more than three quarters of councillors are behind the process continuing virtually until the crisis is behind us.

What this dreadful time has shown is that, when the pressure is on and needs must, the planning system, which at times seems massively inflexible, can be shaped and moulded to mutual benefit.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that spirit of understanding and mutual working continued long after this horrible period is over?

Blog: How homes at The Meadows are ‘on trend’ with a classic twist

In our latest blog, Elaine Freeman, designer at top interiors specialists Open Door Interiors, discusses the inspiration behind the interior design for the Deeley Homes development, The Meadows at Pillerton Priors.

When we were first outlining the interior design for the show home, the first elements to consider were the location and the stunning surrounding countryside which plays a key role in making The Meadows so impressive.

The colours, textures and patterns we picked were designed to bring in certain aspects of the surrounding landscape into the rooms, with rich emerald greens used to achieve a contemporary yet classic look.

This is particularly true of the wallpaper featured in the study – the emerald green uses a stunning crocodile effect to create a sense of depth and texture to ensure the room comes with an atmosphere which is conducive to home working.

We have featured bold elements throughout the property, with striking brass touches and natural-wash woods to contrast with a more elegant feel in the entrance hall and staircase.

The natural colours of the wash-wood creates a real sense of bringing the countryside to the interior and, in pairing it with a smart edge to the finishing lines of the rooms, it creates a very classic look, with a more modern and up-to-date twist without it being a slave to fashion.

The properties feel very ‘on-trend’ with the use of funky, bold colours that create a strong impact and are weaved throughout the homes, even through to the guest bathroom and hallway.

One of my favourite aspects of our work at The Meadows is the use of fabric wallpaper, which is becoming more popular as a simple, yet effective, way to really make a statement when decorating.

The velvet wall fabric used here evokes a more natural look and creates a sense of elegance for the property, adding a slightly more feminine touch to the décor.

The homes at The Meadows are finished to a high specification, using the best local materials with views across the stunning open countryside, which to us, was an aspect of each home that we really wanted to emphasise in the design.

For more information on The Meadows, Pillerton Priors, visit: https://www.themeadowspillerton.co.uk/

Pillerton Priors on the market

Five homes have now been sold at a new development in Stratford-on-Avon.

The Meadows is a new 10-home development delivered by Deeley Homes in Pillerton Priors near Stratford.

It features two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows and looks over open countryside.

The site used to belong to the family of local vicar the Rev J Findon, and its road is named Findon Fields in their honour.

Half of the properties have now been sold, with more sales expected in the New Year.

The new homes have a high quality specification and showcase a keen attention to finish and quality.

Oliver Knight New Homes are marketing The Meadows. For more details please see www.deeley.co.uk

Deal sealed for residential site in Leicestershire

Deeley Homes has completed a deal to purchase a residential development site with planning permission for the construction of 55 new properties in Leicestershire.

The 6.15 acre site, three miles west of Asfordby near Melton Mowbray, was acquired through land experts Mather Jamie and construction is due to start in Spring 2020.

The development will include 20 market sale homes, 25 shared ownership homes and 10 rented homes. The first homes are expected to be available by the end of next year.

Asfordby is well-connected with transport links to Melton Mowbray, Loughborough and Nottingham.

The village benefits from pubs, takeaway restaurants, a garage post office and convenience store, which are in close proximity to the development site.

There are primary and secondary school options in the vicinity, all of which are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and private education options are also available at nearby Oakham and Loughborough.

Anthony Holt, Group Development Director at Deeley Homes, said: “This is an exciting project that we expect to bring many advantages and a wealth of property options to the local area.

“We’re building a mixed scheme that will encompass both affordable housing and market sale properties, and we’ll be working with East Midlands Housing to ensure that several of the new homes provide a viable housing option for those in need.

“We’ve been very pleased with Mather Jamie, who have been straightforward, open and honest throughout the purchasing process. The team’s experience in land transactions and excellent knowledge of the area have both proved invaluable and made the route to sale completion as easy as possible.”

Mather Jamie Chartered Surveyors were established in 1991 and are based in the East Midlands. The firm is an independent mixed commercial and agricultural practice with a long-established and unrivalled reputation for delivering reliable advice and expertise on residential and commercial developments.

Gary Kirk, Associate Director at Mather Jamie, added: “The Deeley Group secured the acquisition of the site following a competitive marketing process handled by Mather Jamie.

“We are delighted to have secured the sale of the site, which is fantastic news for the East Midlands, with a range of homes to suit families, first-time buyers and working couples becoming available in the next year and a half. We are very much looking forward to seeing Deeley Homes’ plans come to fruition.”

For more information about Deeley Homes and its developments visit http://www.deeley.co.uk/homes/.

The Meadows launches in Pillerton Priors

A Warwickshire village is celebrating after winning a planning battle that has led to a new development and which will “bring more vitality to local life”.

The Meadows is a new 10-home development delivered by Deeley Homes in Pillerton Priors near Stratford.

Three of the properties have already been sold, and Pillerton Priors Parish Council chairman Ian Greenall was invited to perform an open ceremony after the council ensured the development went ahead.

He said: “We are delighted to see The Meadows opening and people moving in. Originally planners were against the development but we could see that it would be good for the village to have new homes of different sizes and types to attract people here, so we fought that decision.

“We worked closely with Deeley Homes and they were more than happy to supply the variety of housing we felt would be of most benefit, so we are very pleased that the development is not only open but is proving successful. It will bring more vitality to local life.”

The Meadows features two, three and four bedroomed houses and bungalows and looks over open countryside. The site used to belong to the family of local vicar the Rev J Findon, and its road is named Findon Fields in their honour.

Anthony Holt, a director of Deeley Homes, said The Meadows was an example of a village determining how new homes would be of benefit.

“The Parish Council felt quite strongly that not only was this site suitable for new homes but also that any development had to feature a variety of sizes and types of property,” he said.

“We worked closely with them to ensure that we delivered what they wanted and the village needed and we are very proud of the results.

“The fact that we have sold 30 per cent of the homes before we have opened a show home underlines that they were correct and that we have provided homes of real quality.”

Oliver Knight New Homes are marketing The Meadows. For more details please see www.deeley.co.uk

CAPTION: Anthony Holt (Deeley Homes), Ian Greenall (Pillerton Priors Parish Council), Peter Deeley (Deeley Group), Oliver Knight (Oliver Knight New Homes)

Landmark Moreton site set for investment

A new development of family homes on a key site in Moreton-in-Marsh is due to start work later this autumn.

Deeley Homes has bought the two-acre site of the town’s former hospital on Hospital Road and is planning to create 20 homes.

The former hospital, which is locally listed, will be converted into apartments, while 12 new detached homes and four town houses will be created across the site on the west of the town.

It is the first housing project the Deeley Group has undertaken in the town but it was the company behind the creation of the Budgens store, and has developed successful schemes -across the region including most recently at Pillerton Priors near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Peter Deeley, managing director of the Deeley Group, said the location was ideal to create new homes for people wishing to move within the town but also to attract families new to the area.

He said: “Moreton-in-Marsh is a beautiful market town and we are delighted to be working here again and will deliver high-quality homes which the setting so deserves.

“Hospital Road is right in the heart of the town running parallel to High Street so this development will play a key role in town life and allow the home-owners to benefit from the wide range of activities which go on in the town throughout the year.

“We are bringing forward a development which we feel will enhance the surrounding area and at the same time widen the choice of property available in one of the most sought-after towns in the Cotswolds.”

The development will feature four two-bedroom apartments, detached homes with two, three, four and five bedrooms, and two-bedroom townhouses.

Deeley Homes has purchased the site from Blue Cedar Homes which had been planning a development aimed for older buyers. It has made several adjustments which have been approved by Cotswolds District Council.

Anthony Holt, of Deeley Homes, said it was hoped that the show home would be completed for next spring.

He said: “The location of the site and the retention of the former hospital building really allows us to create something unique which will certainly add to the housing offer of the town.

“It is unusual for a site of this size to become available so close to the centre of a market town in the Cotswolds, and we are fully aware of its significance and impact to the local area.

“Our company is renowned for its quality of design and construction, and this is very much a flagship development for our company.

“We hope to start on site in the autumn, with a show home open by spring next year and are expecting heavy interest in the properties.”

As part of the project, Deeley Homes will help fund improvements to pathway links to the town centre.

The company opened has just opened its show home at The Meadows, Pillerton Priors and it is open Friday to Monday at 10am to 4pm.