Utilising brownfield sites to deliver affordable housing Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Deeley Group has transformed this derelict brownfield site formerly used as a coal yard over 100 years ago into a residential development after partnering up with Platform Housing for a land & build package for 22 affordable homes.

Creating social value through brownfield site regeneration at Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Brownfield registers show that there is enough brownfield land for 1,061,346 housing units over nearly 21,000 sites, covering almost 25,000 hectares. There is currently planning permission for 565,564 units, or 53% of the total brownfield housing capacity. Deeley Group has had a longstanding involvement in brownfield regeneration, with seven brownfield sites delivered in Leamington Spa & Warwick between 2013 and 2020. In January 2021, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, paid a visit to the site of the former Dartmouth School in Wyken which is being re-developed by Deeley Group for leading housing provider Stonewater. He commented:

“The two key components for building new homes in our region are for developments to be ‘brownfield first’ and then also affordable to the people who live in those areas. “The development in Coventry ticks both of those boxes and is an example of the great progress we are making regionally to meet the housing challenge.

Site history

The land, located on the outskirts of Ryton-on-Dunsmore adjoining the A45, and next to the parish hall, was purchased by Deeley Group in January 2018 via agents Sheldon Bosley Knight and was being marketed as a housing land with ground problems that benefited from two planning permissions for 21 affordable homes.

Planning and construction process

In addition to the site being used as a coal yard, the ground was also contaminated hydrocarbons, ACM’s and heavy metals that needed
to be extracted by our specialist remediation contractors. The ground didn’t possess the necessary strength to be suitable for residential use, therefore the top layer needed to be excavated after the removal of the dilapidated building and some areas of hardstanding.

A no dig exercise was assisted with a raft system for the foundation, thereby reducing the level of muckaway from the site. After the ground was remedied, our team placed membranes under the structure of the houses and gardens to avoid any possible risks.

Build process

Noting our clients design to bring the homes to market quickly we utilised an offsite manufactured timber-frame solution to reduce the construction programme by four weeks whilst also alleviating any potential issues from shortage of bricklaying subcontractors.

The timber-frame structure and adoption of a ‘Fabric First Solution’ on the building envelope allowed us to not rely on maintenance dependant renewable energy systems which can increase the life cycle cost for the client and their tenant.

Social value

The project has met the criteria of sustainable brownfield regeneration through the reduction of negative environmen-tal impacts on the site and in the neighbourhood, the improvement of societal acceptance through identification and engagement of all stakeholders, and our efforts to ensure cost effectiveness and technical feasibility.

An increase trend in the population of Ryton-on-Dunsmore (8% between 2001-2011), the development of the retail sector in the area (Co-Operative convenience store), and its proximity to employment areas such as Prologis Park Ryton and Coventry have created demand for such a residential development in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

Therefore, besides satisfying the increasing demand in affordable housing, Deeley Group have managed to remove contaminated land out of the centre of a village through the remediation of the highly contaminated brownfield site.