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Derby builder underway with 67-home affordable housing scheme

Work is underway at Your Housing Group’s £12.7m housing development in Chesterton to build 67 new affordable homes, with the stars of BBC’s Brickies appointed to deliver the build. 

The scheme, located on Watermills Road, just three miles north of Newcastle under Lyme town centre, will have a mix of two and three-bedroom properties available for shared ownership and rent to buy.

The development has several eco-friendly features and increased energy efficiency, as well as electric car charging points. The properties will comply with the latest building regulations, which are working towards a target to deliver net zero-energy usage by 2050.

Lorraine Donnelly, Development Director for Your Housing Group, said “It’s great to work with Hodgkinson Builders to bring much-needed affordable homes to this part of Staffordshire, helping local people to get on the property ladder. It is in an excellent location, close Newcastle under Lyme, local amenities and transport links, and will revive a piece of brownfield land.”

Derby based Hodgkinson Builders have been appointed by Your Housing Group. Their team have become familiar faces after appearing on BBC reality series Brickies.

Director Robert Hodgkinson, whose firm was founded by his father, Ian, in 1990, said: “This is the biggest job we have done. It’s a significant project and it’s quite refreshing that we can lay down the foundations of continuity of work.”

Robert added that new jobs and apprenticeships will be created in the area, with the firm’s carbon footprint reduced due to employing local labour and contractors.

He praised Your Housing Group, saying: “I really enjoy working with Your Housing Group - they are like a breath of fresh air. They are one of the biggest affordable housing companies in the country and the team are excellent to work with.”

The development is expected to take around two years to complete.