Partnership will see Council Houses built again

Council houses are set to be built again across Bolsover District as the Authority has entered into a new four-year house building partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd.

Titled B@Home, the Partnership, which was procured through the Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), New Build Developer Framework aims to deliver over 100 high quality, energy efficient homes, over the four year period.

In addition, social and economic benefits will be delivered, such as:

• Apprentice opportunities.

• Meet the buyer events, which aim to provide opportunities for local businesses.

• Work with local schools for the life of the Framework.

• Deliver training workshops to supply chain partners/students

The first phase of developments has already been drawn up and includes 32 dwellings spread over five sites. The sites are:

• Rogers Avenue, Creswell – 7 dwellings

• Fir Close, Shirebrook – 6 dwellings

• Derwent Drive, Tibshelf – 12 dwellings

• Blackwell Hotel, Blackwell – 6 dwellings

• Recreation Close, Clowne – 1 dwelling

Bolsover District Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “The signing of this agreement marks the start of an exciting new phase as we can actually start to build council houses again. By working with Robert Woodhead Ltd and Efficiency East Midlands we can pool our expertise and knowledge to make sure we get the highest quality developments possible.

“This Partnership is all about delivering growth across the district – not just in terms of new houses but also by providing employment and apprenticeship opportunities specifically targeted at local people.”

Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Robert Woodhead said: “This four year new build housing programme gives us a great opportunity to have a positive impact on communities across the district. We are not only building energy efficient homes that people want to live in, but also delivering employment, apprenticeships and training opportunities for local people and our supply chain.”

Pete Smith, Managing Director at Efficiency East Midlands said: “EEM was set up to develop a collaborative working approach that delivers the fullest possible range of organisational, financial and social benefits. This partnership is a great example of what can be achieved when likeminded businesses work together.”

The Council and Robert Woodhead Ltd are also looking at other areas of land to regenerate and develop into housing schemes.