Joint venture submits plans for first new homes

Andy Beattie

Forge New Homes is set to make its first mark with a 98-home development.

The group, a recently formed partnership between five Sheffield housing providers, has exchanged contracts on its first site in Pilsley, North East Derbyshire.

Forge New Homes has submitted plans for the homes on the seven-acre site, close to Clay Cross and Chesterfield.

This 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 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 are excited to have exchanged contracts and submitted our first scheme into planning with North East Derbyshire District Council.

“This mix-tenure development will provide 98 high-quality much needed new homes in the area.

“Completing this under the current circumstances has proved a challenge, and I would like to thank the partners and design team for their continued support and hard work that has made this possible.”

Steve Close, chief executive of Together Housing and chair of Forge New Homes, added: “We are delighted to announce the exchange on the Pilsley site, which is the first key step in our work to help address the region’s housing needs and we are looking forward to getting on with construction and really making a difference.

“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.”

Subject to planning, work is due to start on the new site in autumn 2020.

The Pilsley site is a milestone for the joint venture, which is aiming to address the shortfall in housing in the Sheffield City Region. (SCR)

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