Hull City Council has announced the start of the second phase of development on Preston Road, marking a significant milestone in Hull’s 15-year citywide housing rehabilitation project.
The Preston Road regeneration project is being carried out via Hull City Council’s long-term, strategic development partnership with KSHP, a consortium of developers, including Keepmoat, Strata Homes, Home Group, and Priority Space.
The project is backed by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s allocation of the Local Growth Fund, which is part of the national government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
The works will introduce more than 500 new housing units and replace the 514 homes that are no longer fit for purpose.
As part of the first phase, Strata is on site constructing 242 new houses.
Hull City Council Housing Portfolio Holder councillor Drake-Davis said: “We want our residents to live in well-built quality houses in attractive neighbourhoods, which meet their needs and, hopefully, their aspirations too.
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“As well as proving new homes, the commitment by the partnership to providing local jobs for local people is already making a significant contribution to the sustainability of our regeneration areas.”
Keepmoat Homes is responsible for the second phase, which includes 168 new houses, some of which will be social housing for rent and low-cost ownership.
An additional 340 houses in the area have been restored, including energy efficiency improvements.
The consortium is dedicated to developing training and apprenticeship opportunities and new jobs throughout the construction phases.
Keepmoat Yorkshire East regional managing director Daniel Crew said: “More than 70% of Keepmoat developments are on former brownfield land, so we’re excited to get started on site and breathe new life into this former residential area.
“We’re also working with the Environment Agency to create a nature trail along Holderness Drain, where one of our urban nursery projects will grow plants, shrubs and trees that will then be planted along the path to create a butterfly haven.”