New year, new homes for Cotgrave families at major colliery redevelopment
6 January 2016
Families have started moving into the first new affordable homes at a major £100 million redevelopment of Cotgrave colliery in Rushcliffe.
The project will transform the former coal mining site into a community of up to 470 new homes – 137 of which will be available for social rent or low cost home ownership, and managed by housing association Metropolitan.
Rushcliffe Borough Council is working in partnership with Metropolitan, builders Barratt and David Wilson Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency, Nottinghamshire County Council and Cotgrave Town Council to deliver the new Hollygate Park development.
The scheme, which will create more than 200 local training and employment opportunities, includes a mix of housing and employment space for local businesses, as well as landscaping on the colliery site which leads into the nearby country park.
New affordable homes will be completed in phases between now and 2020. This first phase will deliver 13 houses, comprising a mix of three- and four-bedroom homes for social rent, and two- and three-bedroom homes for shared ownership.
The homes for social rent are being allocated to families on the housing register of Rushcliffe Borough Council, which transferred its social housing stock to Metropolitan in 2003.
Rachael Wilson, 28, has moved into a three-bedroom house with her son Junior, 7, and daughter Kyla, 5. A lifelong Cotgrave resident, she rented privately until her landlord decided to sell the property. With few suitable options available locally, she secured a place on the local authority’s housing register, and is now the proud resident of one of Hollygate Park’s brand new family homes.
She said: “The kids were really excited to move to a new house, and it’s a big relief for me to know that we’re settled here now. I’m really pleased with the place – it’s nice and big, and has a beautiful back garden that the kids love. They’re also really happy to have the country park nearby – they both have sledges, so they’re hoping for lots of snow this winter!”
Cllr Richard Butler, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability, said: “I am very pleased to see these long-anticipated new houses now ready for deserving families. Hollygate Park is a very impressive award-winning new development which forms part of the regeneration of Cotgrave and brings much-needed affordable housing in reach of more people.”
Jenny Danson, Executive Housing Services Director at Metropolitan, said: “Metropolitan is proud to be a partner in this ambitious regeneration project by providing quality, affordable homes to help meet local housing need. We’re delighted to see our first new residents move in at Hollygate Park and look forward to welcoming many more as the redevelopment continues.”
Photo: Hollygate Park – (left to right) Beth Watson, Head of Housing Services (North) at Metropolitan; Kyla Wadi, new resident; Rachael Wilson, new resident; Junior Wadi, new resident; Allen Graham, Chairman of Cotgrave Strategic Board and Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council