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

Formerly used as a coal yard over 100 years ago, Deeley Group has transformed this derelict brownfield site after partnering up with Platform Housing to deliver 21affordable 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 brownfieldregeneration, 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. The site was being marketed as a housing land with ground problems that benefited from having planning permission for 21 affordable homes.

Planning and construction process

In addition to the site being used as a coal yard, the ground was also contaminated with hydrocarbons, ACM’s and heavy metals that needed to be extracted by our specialist remediation contractors.

The ground didn’t have the necessary stability for residential use, therefore the top layer needed to be excavated whilst a “no dig” exercise deeper down was assisted with the use of a raft system for the foundation which reduced the level of muckaway from the site.

After the ground was remediated, our team placed membranes under the structure of the houses and gardens to avoid any possible risks from ground contamination not identified in our surveys.

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 whilst also alleviating any potential issues from shortage of bricklaying subcontractors.

The timber-frame structure and adoption of a ‘Fabric First Solution’ on the envelopes meant less reliance maintenance dependable renewable energy systems, increasing the life cycle cost for the client and their tenant.

Social value

The project has met the criteria of sustainable brownfield regeneration by removing the negative environmental impacts on the site, enhancing its biodiversity and engagement of all local stakeholders.

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

Therefore, besides satisfying the increasing demand in affordable housing, Deeley Group have managed to regenerate a waste ground in the centre of a village through the remediation of this highly contaminated brownfield site.