New South Yorkshire Residential Site Approved

Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E.

Burflex House, Clay Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU8 8HA E.

New South Yorkshire Residential Site Approved

New South Yorkshire Residential Site Approved


A brownfield site in South Yorkshire is set to be transformed into a residential area after a local authority approved plans.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has revealed it has given its consent to development company Lichfields to develop 237 properties on the 6.93-acre site, Business Desk reported.

Senior planner in Lichfields’ Leeds office Katie Brown said: “Once complete the development will deliver much-needed housing and help regenerate the area and the local community.”

The land, which is situated in Thrybergh, will consist of 157 affordable houses and 80 private rental properties when it is complete.

In addition to this, it will be home to 11,344 square metres of public open space, which includes seven grassed areas and 364 car parking spaces.

The site will be split between two parcels of land north and south of Oldgate Lane, which were both formerly run down. In fact, the area has not been used since the previous housing that was built here after the war was demolished more than ten years ago, in 2008.

Therefore, the development, which will go ahead with help from scaffolders in Sheffield, will help to transform the area and give something back to the community.

Ms Brown added: “Not many developments of this scale are able to deliver 66 per cent affordable housing, and, when complete, this will be able to provide high-quality homes to many families and residents in the area.”

Those interested in moving here have been told they can apply for housing through the Council’s Housing Register.

While it is not known how big the properties that are set to be constructed on the derelict site will be, Lichfields might be tempted to build small, rather than big, properties.

This is what Wetherby-based developer Berkeley DeVeer is planning to do, hoping to construct smaller homes than the ones they have been given consent for.

Three years ago, Hambleton District Council offered permission to build 42 properties in West Tanfield, near Ripon, comprising 17 four-bedroom properties, The Northern Echo revealed.

However, it has now found the market for this style of home has become saturated, and instead wants to construct smaller residences that will appeal more to younger families and professionals.

The developer’s revised plans include building 11 more three-bedroom dwellings and six fewer four-bedroom ones. It would also reduce its proportion of affordable housing on the estate from 19 per cent to 17 per cent, which is less than half the council’s target at 40 per cent.

A spokesperson for the developer said: “Following feedback from Berkeley DeVeer’s sales team, it is proposed that the market demand for the four-bedroom dwellings approved on the site is lower than had been anticipated since the development was released to the market.”

They added that it could not raise the level of affordable housing on the site, despite the increase in the number of houses, “due to the up-to-date abnormal costs”.

However, it is still offering potential homebuyers the opportunity to use the government’s Help to Buy initiative, enabling them to get on the property ladder with a five per cent deposit.