Council hoping stalled new homes development in Arnold will still go ahead

A modular home being installed in Rolleston Drive (Credit - Jigsaw)
A modular home being installed in Rolleston Drive (Credit - Jigsaw)

Gedling Borough Council is hoping for a breakthrough in the search for a new developer to complete the building of affordable housing in Arnold.

Jigsaw Homes – the housing association behind the project on Rolleston Drive – has been without a developer since Ilke Homes went into liquidation in October in 2023.

Council Portfolio Holder for Growth and Regeneration Jenny Hollingsworth (Lab) said the authority is in conversation with Jigsaw Homes and wants to see the development finished soon.

Cllr Hollingsworth added: “We are keen that these much-needed homes are finished as quickly as possible and occupied to help reduce the housing waiting list in the borough.

“We hope that we hear some good news very soon.”

Work has not resumed on the site since Ilke collapsed almost a year ago, leaving many prospective tenants in the dark about their properties.

The Ilke company name has since reappeared under a new company and website.

The work on the site, which aimed to relieve the pressure on the Gedling Borough Council’s growing housing waiting list, first began in 2022.

A total 131 homes were due to be built, 85 of which were to be made for affordable rent.

A spokesperson for Jigsaw Homes said: “When Ilke Homes went into administration, it was very disappointing and frustrating for everyone concerned, especially the tenants allocated homes in the early phases and those on the waiting lists, along with the applicants who wish to purchase the homes via shared ownership.

“We want to reassure everyone that we are absolutely committed to completing the scheme and delivering much-needed affordable homes for the people of Gedling.”

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