New homes to replace derelict pub as part of town centre regeneration
"Coalville is where we have been based since our birth in 1946, so we are proud to be contributing to the regeneration of the town centre as well as delivering much-needed affordable homes."
Jim Patman, emh group Development Director
Plans by emh group to redevelop the Pick and Shovel in the heart of Coalville and create 14 new affordable one-bedroom homes are on track after it recently completed the purchase of the site. The Coalville-based social housing and care provider received planning consent from North West Leicestershire District Council in December.
Demolition of the pub will start in March, with the new homes due for completion in April 2016.
The £2.2 million development costs will be met by emh group and includes contributions of £430,000 from North West Leicestershire District Council, and £420,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency. The homes will be owned and managed by emh homes, the landlord arm of the group.
The project follows the flagship redevelopment of the Minnesotas site on one of the main routes into the town in 2013 where emh group delivered 27 new homes for rent and shared ownership sale.
Jim Patman, Development Director at emh group, said: “We were delighted when North West Leicestershire District Council approached us to be a part of this project. Coalville is where we have been based since our birth in 1946, so we are proud to be contributing to the regeneration of the town centre as well as delivering much-needed affordable homes.”
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “It’s great that the sale of the Pick and Shovel has been finalised and work is beginning as soon as it is. This is a site that has stood empty for a considerable amount of time now, but with the cooperation and investment from ourselves at the council, the Homes and Communities Agency and, of course, emh group, we can finally turn that site into something that will benefit Coalville and the people of the town.”