Almost 200 homes to be built in Leicestershire following land deal

The site near Coalville

Harworth Group has sold a 13.8-acre land parcel at its South East Coalville residential development to Bellway in a deal that will bring forward 189 homes.

The work will represent the first sale as part of the scheme’s second phase, which is focused on the Swinfen Vale area of the site.

South East Coalville is Harworth’s largest residential development in the Midlands. The 250-acre site is situated just two miles from Junction 22 of the M1, and has outline planning consent for the creation of a sustainable new community of more than 2,000 homes. The development comprises two areas: Hugglescote Grange to the north and Swinfen Vale to the south, both named after surrounding villages.

The first phase of South East Coalville began in 2020, with land sold to Redrow for the delivery of 204 homes and Bellway for 166 homes, following extensive infrastructure works carried out by Harworth. Construction has already begun on Bellway’s first parcel of land at the site at Hugglescote Grange.

Earlier this year, Harworth began enabling works for the second phase of the scheme. This will see the delivery of additional homes, a local centre with convenience retail, a new primary school and other civic amenities.

The completed site will feature 15 acres of parkland and amenity space, in addition to a 23-acre riverside green corridor along the River Sence. Further design elements will include an energy efficient specification for the new school, the translocation rather than removal of hedgerows, and the creation of an Open Mosaic Habitat to boost biodiversity.

Andrew Blackshaw, chief operating officer at Harworth, said: “Earlier this year, Harworth unveiled an ambition to double the size of its business over the next five to seven years. One of the key drivers of this growth will be accelerating sales and broadening the range of our residential products. With the completion of three land parcel sales representing over 500 housing plots in the space of two years, South East Coalville underlines our ability to deliver on this strategy.”

David Cockroft, regional director for the Midlands at Harworth, added: “Harworth’s second sale to Bellway at South East Coalville demonstrates the demand for our well-designed spaces where people want to live and work, and our position as a trusted partner to housebuilders. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver these new homes alongside further amenities, infrastructure and green space as part of South East Coalville’s exciting second phase.”

Simon Maddison, land director at Bellway East Midlands, said: “The acquisition of our second parcel of land at South East Coalville means we are now committed to delivering up to 353 high-quality homes as part of this ambitious and exciting project.

“We are proud to be working with Harworth Group and North West Leicestershire District Council on this scheme which will help to provide more than 2,000 much-needed new homes for the area.

“Subject to planning approval, we look forward to starting construction work at the next phase of development in Summer 2022.”