Cash set aside for homes bid

More than £2 million of public money is set to be used to kick-start a development of almost 400 new homes on a badly-polluted site in the Dearne.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has already agreed to provide £2,226,000 for the Carlisle Park development, between Swinton and Kilnhurst, which was once owned by chemicals firm Croda.

The 12-acre site, once described in council reports as ‘grossly contaminated’, has been vacant for many years and outline permission for housing was granted in May this year.

Sheffield-based Gleeson Homes is behind the scheme, and the firm submitted a validation certificate to Rotherham Council this week to give notice of the site remediation work.

Once the council confirms the site has been remediated, the Get Britain Building HCA funding will be released, allowing the first 125 homes to be built. The first is set to be available next March and 381 properties are set to be built over an eight year period.

Gleeson Homes indicated the development is set to create dozens of employment opportunities as the wage bill for local firms and their subcontractors will be around £1.5 million a year.

The firm said that over the past 20 years the land has remained an eyesore, attracting antisocial behaviour and posing a potential health risk.

It said it’s remediation strategy ensures no harmful contaminants will leave the site, ensuring the health and safety of residents and future homeowners.

This includes the construction of ‘development platforms’, which will see over a metre of uncontaminated soil brought into areas where houses will be built.

Craig Johns, of the HCA, said: “The development at Carlisle Park offers a real choice of quality homes to local residents where they want to live at a price they can afford. Our investment will ensure that a local firm will provide these homes which will help safeguard jobs in South Yorkshire.”

Steve Gamble, of Gleeson Homes, added: “The project will also have a positive effect of the wider community with the creation of new jobs, apprenticeship opportunities for local young people and investment back into the local area.”