Council houses set for Bolsover area

Council houses are set to be built again across Bolsover district as Bolsover District Council has entered into a new four-year house building partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd.
Council houses are set to be built again across Bolsover district as Bolsover District Council has entered into a new four-year house building partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd.
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Council houses are set to be built again across Bolsover district as Bolsover District Council has entered into a new four-year house building partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd.

Titled B@Home, the Partnership, which was procured through the Efficiency East Midlands New Build Developer Framework aims to deliver over 100 high quality, energy efficient homes, over four years.

In addition, social and economic benefits will also be delivered, such as apprentice opportunities and meet the buyer events which aim to provide opportunities for businesses.

There will also be work with schools for the life of the Framework and plans to deliver training workshops for chain partners and students The first phase of developments has already been drawn up and includes 32 dwellings spread over five sites.

The sites include Rogers Avenue, Creswell; Fir Close, Shirebrook; Derwent Drive, Tibshelf; Blackwell Hotel, Blackwell; and Recreation Close, Clowne.

Bolsover District Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Mary Dooley, said: “The signing of this agreement marks the start of an exciting new phase as we can actually start to build council houses again.

“By working with Robert Woodhead Ltd and Efficiency East Midlands we can pool our expertise and knowledge to make sure we get the highest quality developments possible.

“This partnership is all about delivering growth across the district - not just in terms of new houses but specifically targeted also by providing employment and apprenticeship opportunities.”

Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Robert Woodhead, said: “This four-year, new-build housing programme gives us a great opportunity to have a positive impact on communities across the district.

“We are not only building energy efficient homes people want to live in, but also delivering employment, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

Pete Smith, Managing Director at Efficiency East Midlands, said: “This partnership is a great example of what can be achieved when like-minded businesses work together.”

The council and Robert Woodhead Ltd are looking at other areas of land to regenerate and develop into housing.