Main Street, North Yorkshire
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The scheme comprised of carrying out the construction of five 2 and 3 bedroom homes and 2 new build apartments to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Further works comprised of carrying out associated site works, hard and soft landscaping as well as carrying out the installation of new car parking facilities and drainage.
The site was located on a Greenfield site the rural hamlet of Sicklinghall, near Wetherby, that had previously been used for grazing to the west of Sicklinghall Primary School and south of Main Street. The northern boundary of the site is set back from the adopted road behind a drainage pond known as High Flush.
The development provides five new houses and two apartments built to complement the rural surroundings with stone features and landscaped areas for the residents to enjoy.
The scheme was carried for Yorkshire Housing. Working in conjunction with the local planners and Yorkshire Housing we were all keen to ensure that the aesthetical appeal of the wider Sicklinghall village was reflected within the design of the new development. This vision was achieved through a considerate approach to design in conjunction with our partner, Acanthus WSM, and the usage of local materials such as slate and stone.
The breakdown of the properties comprised of five of the homes being made available for affordable rent through Yorkshire Housing, and a further two of the homes being made available as shared ownership properties in order to provide an opportunity for local people to get onto the property ladder.
The opening of the scheme was marked with an event to thank people who had been involved in the project; this included contractors, the local parish council as well as the Homes and Communities Agency.
There were additional requirements to this development which had to be considered which comprised of the scheme having to be delivered within the desired HCA timescales which meant the scheme had to be completed by March 2015 with a budget comparable to affordable housing, but with the appeal of attracting a number of shared ownership residents in a location where design and blend to the local area was paramount.
During the construction phase of the project we interacted with the local, Sicklinghall Primary School, whereby our Added Value Team went into the school and undertook a site safety presentation along with our resident safety mascot Dudley The Elephant. The presentation is designed to make children aware of the potential dangers on site such as trips, slips and falls, excavations, machinery and equipment, signage, fencing and personal protection equipment. These are all explained to the children to provide them with valuable information on how to stay safe when there are nearby building sites.
In addition, via the Esh Communities initiative we presented a charitable donation of £1,000 to the village hall refurbishment fund which provided them with the ability to put acoustic panelling within the main hall, enabling broader engagement benefits for local residents.
This new development offers local people good quality homes at a price they can afford, something which is more important than ever with rising house prices and private rents.
Throughout the build Yorkshire Housing and Esh have been keen to work in partnership with the local community. Before work started, we consulted with the parish council and villagers about plans for the site. During the build we have continued to work with the community, making a donation to the village hall refurbishment fund and the Welcome to Sicklinghall brochure, offering work placements and visiting the village primary school to provide a safety information session.- Ged Walsh, director of new business and development