Major milestone reached in multi-million pound Castleford project
26 July 2017
Work to transform a key part of Castleford is underway as Keepmoat Homes began building work on a £22m new home scheme at Micklefields off Premier Way this week.
Keepmoat Homes was selected by land owners Harworth Group plc in February this year to begin the first phase of its 560 new homes Flass Lane development in Castleford. With ground work officially underway, Keepmoat will now build 157 new properties, comprising a variety of two, three and four bedroom apartments and houses; as well 32 affordable homes for the Leeds Federated Housing Association.
The first phase of the development will take three years to build out, with anticipated completion scheduled for December 2020. Over the course of the project, Keepmoat Homes has confirmed it is committed to using local labour and offering employment and training opportunities for local people – with strong links already established with Wakefield College.
Dan Crew, Land and Partnerships Director for the Yorkshire West division of Keepmoat Homes, said: “Getting started on a new site is always one of the most exciting parts of housing delivery. We are now in a position to start utilising our strong relationships with the local schools and colleges to explore training and apprenticeship positions for young people and get them involved in transforming their neighbourhood at the earliest opportunity.
“It was great to have all partners on this project come together and celebrate us breaking ground. These much-needed new homes will extend the options available for people in Castleford on all rungs of the property ladder. It’s a true mixed tenure development that will really cater for everyone and this is just the first piece of the puzzle – the wider regeneration which Harworth Group has in the pipeline makes it the perfect time to buy in Castleford.”
Chris Davidson, Associate Director of Major Projects at Harworth Group plc, added: “We’re delighted that our second major residential development in West Yorkshire is now underway. We’ve been impressed by what Keepmoat have planned for the site and I’m looking forward to the first residents moving onto site shortly.”
Harworth Group was granted planning permission for the Flass Lane development from Wakefield Council in September 2016. The wider development will offer the provision of much-needed new homes alongside the delivery of a family pub and up to 50,000 square feet of small commercial units and associate works. Its other developments in West Yorkshire include Prince of Wales in Pontefract, where over 900 new homes will be built close to Junction 32 of the M62.
For more information regarding Keepmoat, please visit Keepmoat.com.
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