Six properties have now been built on the former Blackwell Hotel site which, in recent years, has been an eyesore for local residents.
The development is the second to be progressed through the B@Home programme, which was procured through EEM Ltd. It’s a multi-million pound investment in new housing for us as we are working in partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd over a four-year period.
The programme aims to deliver an anticipated 150 high quality, energy efficient homes, which will address local housing needs across the District. 13 properties have been built so far, with another eight on Fir Close in Shirebrook nearing completion and work is starting on a further 49 this year.
Built on the derelict site of the former Blackwell Hotel, the new development boasts five 2 bedroom houses and a 2 bedroom bungalow on the corner of Primrose Hill and Alfreton Road.
Work on the site began early last summer and was completed mid-April. Due to high demand, all of the properties were tenanted and occupied within one week of completion.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “This second stage development of council homes in our district is another step forward to achieving our goal of around 150 homes over four years.
“It’s not just about housing, 9 work experience students from Tibshelf Community School have worked on this Blackwell development.
"These students were studying for the WJEC Level 1 First Award in Construction in The Built Environment and have gained valuable first-hand experience on this site, also with 94% of subcontractor spend being within 40 miles of site, we are proving that we are delivering both social and economic benefits to our district.
“Being able to provide our residents with quality homes is a priority and if we can regenerate a derelict piece of land to improve the overall appearance of the area, then that is a bonus.”
Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “The B@Home partnership aims to create a positive impact on the District, not just by building new homes for local families, but in providing a wide range of work experience, training and job opportunities.
“What makes this development special is Bolsover District Council’s ability to take direct action to rapidly progress a run-down site and create six brand new family homes, which contribute to the local community, while creating an attractive streetscene.”
Rebecca Dermody, Head of Operations for EEM Ltd, said: “We always aim to develop frameworks which help our members achieve the best value, in addition to offering wider community benefits.
“B@Home is one of our flagship projects, which embodies all the values and vision we have for the frameworks we develop. It’s fantastic to see the second site completed on this project, and we look forward to watching the scheme progress further.”
A Shirebrook man who admitted burning waste at his home has been ordered to pay £492 by Magistrates.
Chesterfield Magistrates found David Steers guilty of disposing of controlled waste at his home on Vale Drive, Model Village, Shirebrook and was ordered to pay a total of £492 consisting of costs of £290, fine of £182 and victim surcharge of £20.
In 2014, residents of Shirebrook Model Village had all received a letter advising them not to burn rubbish.
Back on 23 March 2016, our officers together with Derbyshire Constabulary, were undertaking evening patrols to identify illegal burning when they smelt a strong burning smell which they immediately identified as burning plastic.
They attended a fire burning with a significant amount of ash in the rear garden of Mr Steers property. When questioned, Mr Steers stated that he had ignited the fire to get rid of some old kitchen cupboards, bed-frame and a mattress.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “This individual had been warned previously about burning waste in his garden, so he had no excuse.
“We are delighted with the Courts decision and feel that the fine sends a clear message out to people – do not burn rubbish at your home that causes a nuisance or face the consequences!”
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The first ground has been cut marking the start of a £6m investment in 49 new council properties in Shirebrook and Tibshelf. The Shirebrook development at Hilltop will redevelop 3.5 acres of land and to provide 37 properties ranging from 1 bed flats to 3 bedroom houses.
The Tibshelf development on Derwent Drive will see 12 new 2 bedroom houses built on 1.2 acres of land which is the site of a former garage site. Both developments form part of our B@Home Programme where we are working in partnership with Robert Woodhead Limited, the Homes and Communities Agency and EEM Ltd.
Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said: “We are delighted with our completed B@Home properties so far in Creswell, and the homes in Blackwell are on the verge of completion. “We have set the bar high with these quality properties so far and I’m sure these new developments in Shirebrook and Tibshelf will meet our high expectations and have a positive impact on our communities.
“We are investing in our district and are committed to rebuilding our housing stock and improving life in our communities.”
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie commented: “The B@Home partnership is proving to be extremely valuable to the district by providing not just high quality homes, but employment and apprentice opportunities as well.
“Local workers, contractors, suppliers and youngsters looking for a step up the ladder are all benefitting from our B@Home partnership with Robert Woodhead Limited.”
David Pearson, Project Manager for Robert Woodhead Limited, said: “The B@Home partnership has already proven to be successful, not just in the homes we have built, but in the impact we have had on the local community.
“So far we have already been able to offer 12 work experience opportunities to local students, and engaged with more than 1,200 young people to inspire them towards a career in construction. We will continue to work closely with the nearby schools and colleges to provide a range of opportunities, which we hope will inspire a generation of future construction workers.”
Pete Smith, Chief Executive of EEM Ltd, said: “It is our belief at EEM that we are not just procuring services for our members, but forging partnerships to deliver excellent results with truly measurable community impacts. The B@Home Partnership is a flagship programme for us, highlighting that construction is not just about the bricks and mortar, but the effect you can have on the surrounding community.”
The ground work has commenced and the project is expected to be completed by 2018.