Developer digs in to begin £130m housing scheme

Construction has begun on a Beal Homes development that will play a major role in the regeneration of Goole.

The start of building work kicks off an investment in housing with a value of £130m over the next 12 years to support Goole’s growth.

It follows the launch earlier this year of The Greenways, which saw all 50 plots made available in the first phase reserved within just three weeks.

Ultimately 800 homes will be built on a 73-acre site equivalent to almost 50 football pitches off Rawcliffe Road, making The Greenways the housebuilder’s largest-ever development.

With construction now under way, the first residents are expected to move in during the first quarter of next year.

The scheme will be the largest residential development in the Goole area for many years.

Beal chief executive, Richard Beal, said: “We’re excited to begin work on site and to start to deliver on our long-term commitment to Goole.

“This development will enhance significantly the quality, availability and choice for local families and people attracted to Goole by the area’s growth opportunities.

“The tremendous response to the launch of The Greenways showed there is significant pent-up demand for high-quality new homes, which has confirmed our confidence in Goole and its potential.

“Our investment will also create new jobs working directly with us or with local sub-contractors and suppliers. It’s fantastic news for Goole and the region as a whole.”

Infrastructure and groundworks for the development are currently being delivered by East Coast Construction, based in Brandesburton, East Yorkshire, followed by the laying of foundations in early July, with the first bricks due to be laid in early August.

Construction director John Goodfellow said: “Now that we’ve begun the construction project people will see the site changing rapidly and a new community rising out of the ground.

“We’re using our established and trusted network of sub-contractors and suppliers, all of whom are based in East Yorkshire, and we have already employed local labour from Goole on site.

“In the current climate this development is a major morale boost for our staff, sub-contractors and suppliers and a statement of confidence in the housing market in Goole and the wider region in which we operate.”

The Greenways will feature a range of house types, from starter homes to executive properties, and is expected to support the creation of hundreds of jobs.

Following the start of construction, Beal will re-open its marketing suite on site on Friday June 26 on an appointment-only basis.

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