Harworth Estates has sold land to Jones Homes, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned house builders in order to commence Phase 1 of the consented housing site, and let a 50,000 ft manufacturing unit at Harworth Business Park to RS Motorhomes, which builds bespoke luxury motorhomes.
At the former Harworth Colliery site off Scrooby Road, Jones Homes will begin remediation work on-site next month prior to building 118 high-quality two, three and four-bedroom houses. The advanced infrastructure and drainage contract was completed by Harworth Estates in the summer.
Within the development, Harworth Estates has also donated land to Harworth & Bircotes District Council to enable further important public realm improvements along Scrooby Road building on the previous initiatives of the Town Council.
June Evans, Chair of Harworth & Bircotes Town Council, said “We welcome the proposed build of new houses. It signals the beginning of growth and further regeneration in the town.
“Additionally, the donation of land has enabled the build of a new Town Hall, the Sure Start building and improvements to the public realm off Scrooby Road to make Harworth a more attractive place to live. We see this development as key to putting Harworth & Bircotes on the map.”
The new Jones Homes development forms part of a wider programme by Harworth Estates of opening up land for employment and residential use on the former colliery. The first phase involved the development of an Asda superstore in October 2012, creating 80 new local jobs. Future phases will see a further 878 new homes built. The consented master plan for the site allows for the re-opening of Harworth Colliery or the development of 800,000 ft of new employment space if new investors for the colliery cannot be found.
“We are delighted that Jones Homes are investing in the site and providing a range of quality homes, signalling another important step in realising the wider masterplan” said Tim Love, Director of Strategic Land at Harworth Estates. “This is the eighth housing outlet to be opened up on land within our wider portfolio in the past three years, showing our determination and commitment to help regenerate the communities in which we operate.”
At Harworth Business Park, letting agents Lambert Smith Hampton have agreed a letting to RS Motorhomes. The deal on the 50,000 sq ft unit is to assist its expansion at the firm which is a market leader in the luxury motor homes market. The Park’s close proximity to the A1 will support its future plans, including expansion into the Leisure sector and the Equestrian transport sector.
Michael Rowe, Managing Director of RS Motorhomes, said “Our move to Harworth Business Park is a crucial one for our expansion and will further reinforce our position as a market leading company.”
Ed Norris of Lambert Smith Hampton added “The deal reflects the quality of the location and further testament that the industrial market remains buoyant a present for the right product”.
Further information on the regeneration of Harworth can be found here.