When Legal & General Modular Homes gained planning permission for 154 homes at an eight-acre site in Selby, North Yorkshire, it signalled a disruptive change to the housing market.
From its factory in nearby Sherburn-in-Elmet, the company has ambitions to deliver as many as 3,000 modular homes in 2024, transforming the way we build in the UK and helping to meet the government’s objective to build more homes.
The scheme is its first to deliver the whole modular homes process, from buying land, developing the product, achieving planning consent through to delivery. The standardised approach means manufacturing, quality, efficiency, and productivity is driven up, and costs are driven down.
As well as providing affordable carbon-friendly housing, the development 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.
Meanwhile, the Yorkshire factory brings a variety of highly skilled jobs to the area, including in design, finance, engineering, procurement, construction and production. And Legal & General has focused on recruitment and up skilling its workforce through the launch of its Modular Academy in collaboration with Selby College.
The Portholme scheme in Selby includes up to 30% affordable housing among 76 one and two bedroom apartments, and 78 two and three bedroom houses. The masterplan incorporates a mix of contemporary terraced houses and low-rise apartments, with great access to central Selby, public transport and direct connections to Leeds and York.