Joint Venture, Forge New Homes, and Caddick Construction have officially started on the site of a new 98-home development, The Hedgerows in Pilsley, North Derbyshire.

The milestone was marked with an official ground-breaking ceremony at the seven-acre scheme situated near Clay Cross and Chesterfield, which is due for completion in summer 2023. The development will also offer 30 much-needed affordable housing and shared ownership homes within a mix of two, three- and four-bedroom properties, including bungalows.

The £12m project was made possible through the joint venture with five housing providers who all cover the Sheffield region, Together Housing, Great Places, The Guinness Partnership, South Yorkshire Housing Association and Yorkshire Housing. Combined, these housing associations own and manage over 150,000 homes across the UK.  

Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing and Chair of Forge New Homes, said: “It’s great news that The Hedgerows scheme is now underway and will make a significant contribution towards meeting the region’s housing needs, as well as providing affordable rent and shared ownership homes.

“All the partners are looking forward to seeing the development take shape with Caddick Construction leading on this high-quality build that will have such a positive impact on Pilsley.”

Peter Paige, Caddick Construction Project Manager for the scheme, said: “The Caddick team is delighted to be starting on The Hedgerows project that will provide high quality housing for both the private and affordable housing markets. Caddick Construction is probably more associated with building large commercial developments than homes, but our residential division has seen huge growth over the last 18 months and the Pilsley scheme is a perfect example of how co-operation between like-minded housing providers can make a real difference within local communities.”

Andy Beattie, Project Director at Forge New Homes, said, “We’re excited to have started on site at our landmark first scheme. This mix-tenure development will provide 98 high-quality much needed new homes in the area.

“Getting to this stage under the current circumstances has proved a challenge and is a real testament to the continued support and hard work of the partners and design team that has made this possible.”