Contractor Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Rotherham Council to construct three housing developments worth £31.5m which will deliver 171 new homes in Rotherham town centre
The new homes in Rotherham, which will feature a mix of houses and apartments for council housing, shared ownership, and affordable sale, are split across three sites – one in Wellgate on the site of the former Henley’s garage, the second on Sheffield Road and third on Westgate on the Millfold House development.
The homes for Rother Living are being delivered as part of Rotherham Council's ambitious housing growth programme and Town Centre Masterplan.
Providing much-needed homes in Rotherham
Stuart Kerr, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’re excited to be working in partnership with Rotherham Council and their Rother Living brand to create homes that will make a difference to the local community by helping many residents get on the housing ladder.
“Research by the National Housing Federation estimates that over 8.4 million people in England are in unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable homes, with over 400,000 people either homeless or at risk of homelessness – so we are delighted to be providing much needed high-quality housing within the region.”
Kerr added: “Throughout the three projects, we have committed to investing 5% back into the local community, equating to a monetary value of £1.3m.
“Our teams will also be hosting enrichment sessions, employability skills workshops, site visits, work experience placements, and sessions with ex-offenders and unemployed people helping them back into employment – all to benefit the local community.
“We will also be actively supporting local social enterprises and SMEs, delivering initiatives to improve wellbeing and mental health in the community, supporting local projects, community groups and running initiatives aimed at reducing crime.”
Creating a thriving community
Councillor Dominic Beck, cabinet member for housing at Rotherham Council, commented: “These are exciting developments that will deliver 171 new properties for local people, including 129 council homes and shared ownership dwellings.
“The developments include a variety of property types to suit people of different ages – including first-time buyers, key workers, families, and older downsizers.
“A lot of hard work has gone into putting these plans together and it’s fantastic to see the Willmott Dixon team making a start on development, which will greatly contribute towards our ambitions for housing growth and town centre regeneration.
“Ultimately, these three developments are a significant step forward in our vision to improve Rotherham town centre, giving it a new sense of purpose with a stronger identity and thriving community, which local people can take pride in.”
The new homes are due for completion in 2022.