L&G gets green light for first modular housing development

Legal & General Modular Homes has been granted planning permission for 154 modular homes in Selby, North Yorkshire.

The homes will be made at L&G’s factory in Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds which reopened last week, with the company saying they have brought in strict social distancing practices.

L&G launched their modular housing business earlier this year and say they plan to construct 3,000 modular homes a year by 2024.

Selby is the first scheme where Legal & General Modular Homes will deliver a full development proposition – from buying land, developing the product, as well as achieving planning consent through to delivery.

The development will consist of 76 one-and-two bedroom apartments and 78 two-and-three bedroom houses, with 30% consisting of affordable housing. All homes are being designed to achieve EPC A ratings, of which only 1% of all new builds achieve.

The company says the new development in Selby will provide up to 130 jobs across the supply chain, and will see Legal & General Modular Homes recruit a further 50 employees to support the scheme.

Rosie Toogood, chief executive of Legal & General Modular Homes, said: ‘Using modular construction, Legal & General will be able to deliver high-quality homes at a much faster rate than through traditional construction.

‘In a post-Covid-19 crisis environment, the speed of delivery will be more important than ever before.

‘Our journey to revolutionise the UK’s construction industry is well underway, and planning consent at Portholme Road, Selby is testament to this. This scheme, along with our proposals at Bonnington Walk in Bristol, will showcase the benefits of modular construction.

‘Achieving planning permission for this Selby scheme is a fantastic milestone for the business, and a major achievement for the team, particularly set against the current backdrop.’

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