Eighty-five new affordable homes for Ilkeston
"The needs and aspirations of the people of Erewash cover a range of tenures, so I am particularly proud that this development includes homes for affordable rent, rent-to-buy, and shared ownership."
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive
The site of a derelict factory in the heart of Ilkeston has been transformed into 85 new affordable homes.
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, and Maggie Throup MP marked the occasion with the presentation of flowers to two of the new residents.
Developed by emh group in partnership with housebuilder Countryside, the site of the new homes has been a cornerstone of the community for over 100 years, first as a goods yard for the Great Northern Railway and then as a factory for Gardner Aerospace, employing hundreds of people. The building had been unused for several years, and prior to its regeneration had become an eyesore.
The development is one of the largest and most ambitious that emh group has undertaken, and includes 55 homes for affordable rent (including a wheelchair-adapted bungalow), 10 rent to buy houses, and 20 houses for sale on a shared ownership basis.
The £11.5million scheme was funded by emh group, with contributions of £58,000 from Erewash BC and just over £3million grant from Homes England. The development also made use of several local sub-contractors, and offered apprenticeship opportunities to four local young people.
Chan Kataria, emh group Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that through our strong partnership with the Borough Council and Countryside we are continuing to contribute to meeting the housing needs and aspirations of the people of Erewash. Those needs and aspirations cover a range of tenures, so I am particularly proud that this development includes homes for affordable rent, rent-to-buy, and shared ownership.
“Maggie Throup MP and Councillor Carol Hart have been very supportive of the development from the start, and of course it would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of all our partners, so I would like to say thank you to each and every one of them.”
Maggie Throup added: “Having been here at the start of the development, it is great to be here again when the residents are moving in. This site has always been part of the community, and will now continue to be so for generations to come. Redeveloping brownfield sites is key to keeping communities alive.”
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said the scheme would be welcomed by local residents: “This development has transformed what was a derelict site, and significantly improved the area. Most importantly, it has provided homes for families, for single people, for older people, and for residents with disabilities. It is another great example of our close partnership with emh group to ensure new homes meet the needs of our communities.”
In 2018 the Leicestershire-based social housing and care organisation was appointed as a strategic partner of Homes England, the government housebuilding agency, securing £43.4million in grant funding over four years. This has enabled the group to increase its development programme from 300 to 600 new affordable homes a year across the East Midlands.