Countryside formally acquires Goldthorpe site

The development of 116 houses will comprise a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes

Developer Countryside has completed a land acquisition deal with Sir Robert Ogden CBE HON LLD for a site on the edge of Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire; following the completion of its Section 106 containing contributions of £889,651.40 with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The development of 116 houses – located on the site of the former transport depot for Goldthorpe Colliery – will comprise a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes available for private sale. Preparatory works have now started on the 10.1 acre site following the Council’s resolution to grant planning permission last year, subject to the finalisation of the developer’s S.106 contributions.

The new development will facilitate a £704,000 contribution towards local education facilities including Goldthorpe Primary School, Highgate Primary School, Carrfield Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and The Dearne Academy. The greenspace contribution of £185,651.40 will be used for the provision or improvement of public open space within 5km of the site.

Chris Penn, managing director, Partnerships Yorkshire, Countryside, said: “We are excited to be starting our fourth development within the region, however this will be the first time we have built our high specification homes in Barnsley.

“Our intention is to launch the site for sales in March when we will have a sales cabin onsite whilst we construct our new show homes. We have configured the development to enable a high proportion of first time buyers to take advantage of the government’s Help To Buy: Equity Loan scheme, whereby purchasers will only need a five per cent cash deposit  to secure a mortgage.”

Phil Roebuck, Partner and regional head of residential development at Cushman & Wakefield who negotiated the sale on behalf of Sir Robert Ogden, said: “We are delighted to have concluded the sale of this significant site to Countryside which will deliver much needed family housing.”

Upon completion, the new homes will all feature spacious open-plan living spaces, private gardens, French doors, and skylight windows as standard. The site will also have the provision of a public open space.

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