Legal & General has been given planning permission to build a new 154-home development in North Yorkshire using modular construction.
The insurance firm’s Modular Homes division will deliver the 154 new homes at an eight-acre site on Portholme Road in Selby – currently the site of the former Selby civic centre which has been vacant for seven years.
The development will consist of 76 one- and two-bedroom low-rise apartments alongside 78 two- and three-bedroom terraced houses. The homes will cater for a range of customers, with up to 30% of the homes set to be delivered at affordable rents.
The announcement means that Legal & General now has 350 new homes in its delivery pipeline this year after Bristol City Council announced in March that the company would deliver 190 modular homes on council land in Lockleaze.
Rosie Toogood, CEO of Legal & General Modular Homes, said: “Using modular construction, Legal & General will be able to deliver high quality homes at a much faster rate than through traditional construction. In a post COVID-19 crisis environment, the speed of delivery will be more important than ever before.
“Our journey to revolutionise the UK’s construction industry is well underway, and planning consent at Portholme Road, Selby is testament to this.”
Legal & General says that the scheme will ‘showcase the benefits’ of modular construction, which often results in significantly lower emissions than traditional housebuilding methods and could help the UK to meet its 2050 zero-carbon target.
All homes at the Portholme Road development have been designed to achieve the top Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) standard of A, currently only achieved by around 1% of new-build homes.
The development will also provide up to 130 jobs across the supply chain, and will see Legal & General Modular Homes hire a further 30 employees to support the scheme.
Legal & General announced that its staff are now returning to its modular manufacturing facility in the North Yorkshire village of Sherburn-in-Elmet to continue work on the scheme.
75 employees have now returned to the factory as part of the gradual phasing back of its 250 staff following the COVID-19 outbreak.
The company said that the modular manufacturing sector ‘could be worth an estimated £40 billion’ to the UK’s economy once it is fully mature, and the north of England could be a key part of it.
“The modular manufacturing sector offers multi-skilled employment opportunities and homes that can be delivered in a matter of weeks,” Legal & General said.
“The north of England has the potential to pull the construction industry into the 21st century, and become a world-leader in the creation of modern, high-quality homes.”
Legal & General Modular Homes plans to upscale its annual housing delivery significantly over the coming years, with its stated aim being to deliver 3,000 modular homes a year by 2024.
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