This is the first look at how 171 properties will look in Rotherham town centre as council bosses invest £30 million to encourage more people to move there.
The residential project will mirror efforts being made to improve the leisure offer, a key part of which is the cinema and restaurants plan for Forge Island.
And RMBC hopes bringing housing to three disused industrial sites will catch the attention of private developers and kickstart a revival in town centre living.
David Mason, the council’s housing development co-ordinator, said: “The forthcoming transformation of Forge Island will help create many of the conditions for an attractive town centre residential offer.
“The market is still relatively underdeveloped and some of the potential sites are challenging but, by bringing forward this scheme within a similar timeframe to Forge Island, the council will demonstrate the demand for town centre living in Rotherham and provide the confidence for the private sector to invest.”
Planning applications have been filed for the developments on Wellgate, Sheffield Road and Westgate, which will include council, private and shared ownership houses and flats.
The former Henley’s garage site on Wellgate will have two blocks comprising 34 flats plus a row of 20 houses.
It will have shared ownership options and one of the blocks of apartments is proposed to be for over-50s only.
A report to RMBC’s cabinet said: “Older people within the borough use and support the town centre in disproportionately high numbers and many would benefit from the convenience of living there.
“However, perceived lifestyle clashes with younger residents can discourage some older people from taking up the opportunity.”
The proposal for the Sheffield Road car park site is 44 council houses and 34 private, while Millfold House on Westgate will have 25 council and 14 private.
Cllr Dominic Beck, cabinet member for housing, said: “These are exciting, significant proposals, which will totally transform three disused former industrial sites and kickstart a raft of new housing development in the town centre.
“A lot of hard work has gone into putting these plans together and I think we have come up with a fantastic scheme, which will contribute towards our ambitions for housing growth and town centre regeneration.”
The council’s town centre masterplan identified space for up to 2,000 properties.
It is thought the success of new leisure ventures could depend on having more people living centrally.
Applications to help with funding have been made to Sheffield City Region and Homes England.
RMBC’s own contribution will be mostly from a ring-fenced housing pot.
Approval from cabinet is expected on October 21 and building work could start in February, with the first homes available in spring 2021 and the entire scheme completed by early 2022.
Empty Homes Week 2019 launches nationally today and Rotherham Council is highlighting the support on offer to property owners who have a long term empty property.
Over the past two years there has been a 1.98% increase in the number of empty properties in Rotherham, while this is much lower than the national figure of 5% there are currently 3,350 empty homes with the majority of these being empty for less than 6 months.
The Council works with private owners to bring empty homes back into use and maintain properties whilst they are empty, ensuring that empty houses are well kept and do not pose a risk to public health, and are committed to increasing capacity to work with more to ensure they are making the best use of the housing in the borough.
National charity, Action on Empty Homes, say that the number of empty homes has grown nationally by 5% in the last two years, the fastest rise in a decade with 600,000 homes now vacant. The number of long-term (more than six months) empty homes in England now stands at over 216,000.
Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing at Rotherham Council, said: “During Empty Homes Week 2019, we are highlighting the work we do to support individuals and communities who have problems with vacant houses. We understand that there are a number of reasons why a home may become empty and unloved, such as financial difficulties, a change in situation or changes in health and care, but we want to work with empty home owners to make sure they maximise the use out of their properties.
“With increasing demand for housing across the borough, we want to do our best to make sure that residents have a choice of private and social housing opportunities available and by cutting the number of empty houses will make a positive difference.”
Published Monday, 4th February 2019
A dozen site-ready bungalows will be making their way to Rotherham as part of an exciting new pilot project approved by Rotherham Council today.
Designed for older residents and people with additional needs, the bungalows are built using alternative modern methods of construction. These include elements being erected from factory made frames, panels or sections to whole buildings being lowered onto site.
Benefits of modern methods of construction are speed – up to 50 per cent faster than traditional builds and minimal impact and disruption, with typically 80 per cent of the construction work taking place off-site.
Construction is planned to start in July with homes available for people to move into before Christmas.
Eight of the new homes will be delivered to Symonds Avenue, Rawmarsh and two each in Hounsfield Crescent, and Housefield Road, East Herringthorpe.
Cllr Dominic Beck, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The housing industry is recognising the potential offsite manufacturing holds for the housing market.
“As a modern and efficient council we want to ensure we look at all possible options to deliver inspiring, energy-efficient homes for families across the borough. Our mission is to build better homes and build them in a better way.”
The project is part of the Council’s Housing Strategy to see 900 new homes built in the borough.
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New Rother Living homes available in Maltby
Rother Living homes are now available in Maltby as part of the latest major housing development from Rotherham Council, offering high quality and affordable homes in the borough.
The first Rother Living show homes on site will open on Saturday 13 October allowing potential buyers the chance to see for themselves the quality on offer and make their reservations. More than 100 people have already expressed interest in the Northgate development off Braithwell Road in Maltby.
Prices for the three bedroom semi-detached homes at Northgate start from just £160,000 and prices for other house styles are available on request. Help to Buy is available on all properties.
Once completed there will be 98 properties on the Northgate site – 83 of which will be for open market sale and 15 shared ownership apartments for older people.
The Northgate development is part of a £29million investment by Rotherham Council to construct new properties at a number of sites across the borough, with a mixture of houses for sale, rent and shared ownership The Council has appointed Wates Residential North to carry out the developments.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dominic Beck, said: “It’s fantastic that people will now be able to get a real feel of what these new properties will be like with the opening of the Rother Living show homes at Northgate.
“We want ensure that local people and those people from outside the borough have access to high quality affordable homes.
“Seeing the Northgate development take shape is an exciting step forward and forms part of the Council’s plans to regenerate the borough making it a place where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.”
Richard Shroll, Managing Director of Wates Residential North, said: “The opening of the new show homes in Maltby is a fantastic milestone that demonstrates the excellent progress being made through our partnership with Rotherham Council to deliver these exceptional new homes.
“There is a growing local appetite for high quality affordable homes, and I have no doubt that Northgate will go some way to catering for this. We are very much looking forward to building on the success and continuing our role in the regeneration of Rotherham.”
William H Brown the local estate agency, who will lead on the sales of the new homes, will be on hand at the launch event that will give prospective buyers the first chance to experience the development as well as provide the opportunity to be first to place a reservation to secure one of the new homes.
Gary Rogers, William H Brown’s, New Homes Manager said:
“There is a lot of anticipation around Northgate and so we look forward to welcoming customers to our launch event, showcasing these fantastic Rother Living family homes for the first time. “The new development provides the perfect setting for family living – set in a close knit community and sitting alongside local amenities and transport links - and we expect significant demand for the homes.
“Our William H Brown team will be on hand to assist with any customer queries on the day and with building work soon to finish and first completions expected before the end of the year, customers could be in a new home before Christmas,” continued Gary. “What better Christmas gift to give to yourself!”