Planning has been approved on Forge New Homes’ first site in Pilsley.

The group a partnership between five Sheffield housing providers, formed in September last year, has had approval to move forward with plans for a 98 home development in Pilsley, North East Derbyshire

The development, close to Clay Cross and Chesterfield, will be a mixture of bungalows, two, three and four bedroom homes for sale and two and three bedroom homes for shared ownership and affordable rent.

Forge New Homes is backed by five leading housing associations – Great Places Housing Group, Yorkshire Housing, Together Housing, South Yorkshire Housing Association and the Guinness Partnership. These housing associations own and manage 150,000 homes across the country.

Andy Beattie, Project Director at Forge New Homes, said: “We’re excited to have planning approved to move ahead with our landmark first scheme. This mix-tenure development will provide 98 high-quality much needed new homes in the area.

“Despite the challenges we’ve made considerable progress in our first year. The Company is working closely with both private and public sector organisations to bring new sites forward and heads of terms have been agreed on two further sites.”

Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing and Chair of Forge New Homes, added: “We’re delighted to have the green light on our Pilsley site, our important first step in addressing our region’s housing need. Now planning is approved, we look forward to getting construction underway and making a difference.”

Forge New Homes is also keen to work in partnership with other public and private sector organisations to participate in project delivery.

Mr Close said: “We would welcome contact and discussions with any public or private sector organisation that can help us to access sites or otherwise help us with the delivery of new homes.”

Work is due to start on the new site in Spring 2021.

The Pilsley site is a key milestone for the joint venture between Together Housing Association, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Great Places Housing Group, Yorkshire Housing and the Guinness Partnership that is aiming to address the shortfall in housing in the Sheffield City Region.

The relatively new entrant to the Sheffield City Region (SCR) housing market is looking to work collaboratively with the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and the nine local authorities in the region to deliver homes across all nine districts to meet the needs of the local communities.

The partnership is looking to acquire additional sites across the SCR for new housing development on a mixed tenure, commercial basis, including:

• South Yorkshire – Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley;
• Derbyshire – Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and Derbyshire Dales;
• Nottinghamshire – Bassetlaw.

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