The sky’s the limit for new homes in RotherhamPublished Monday, 19th February 2018
Work on an innovative housing scheme, set to attract first time buyers, will begin next month at a key regeneration site in Rotherham.
The ‘Sky-House’ project, which received planning permission from Rotherham Council late last year, will begin next month on the Waverley site next to the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
The project is the brainchild of architect CODA Studios, who have reinvented the Victorian back-to-back terraced home for modern day living.
The development will include 40 two-bedroom Sky-Houses and four, four-bedroom family homes creating a landmark urban starter development.
The design incorporates expansive glazing to offer homes that are bright, airy and spacious with unrivalled views from every level. They will also include roof terraces opening up to the sky.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dominic Beck, said: “This is another exciting development on the already popular Waverley site in Rotherham.
"We know there is a clear need for more housing in the borough, particularly for first time buyers. The Sky-House project will create an innovative housing solution, attracting more people to live and spend their leisure time in Rotherham."
Councillor Beck added, “It’s not just young professionals who want to live in easy reach of amenities and great transport links, we also know there is a huge demand for these types of properties from larger families, as well as older people looking to downsize.”
The Waverley development already includes 700 homes with another 3890 planned over the next 15 years. The site will also have a new primary school; only the second one to be built in the borough in the last 25 years.
The addition of this primary school will not only form part of the Council’s duty to ensure there are enough school places in the area, but also be an opportunity to create a school, with the newest facilities, in close proximity to the world class manufacturing facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park.
Adam Murray, CODA Planning, said: “ ‘Sky-House’ aims to create sensitively compact communities with the ‘back-to-back’ design which will be centred around a pocket park and a series of open spaces, including an all-weather play space to ensure ball games are strictly encouraged.
“Our design compliments the other Waverley developments whilst offering something very unique for Rotherham residents; houses that will herald one of the most unique new build developments in the region creating unrivalled starter homes.”
It is anticipated that the first of the Sky-House project homes will be available by December 2018 with the whole development finished by summer 2019. The project will also create around 60 construction jobs.
Rotherham’s Growth Plan includes a target of 14,000 new homes for the borough by 2030.