In a major boost to the Yorkshire economy, leading local housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire West, which includes both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, has announced plans to open four new sites in 2016.
The new sites will underpin over 200 local jobs across the region, including 15 apprenticeships.
The new developments include Barratt Homes’ Evolution development at Waverley in Rotherham, along with new David Wilson Homes sites in Methley, Wetherby and Skelmanthorpe.
The plans announced by the housebuilder highlight how the housing market has rebounded strongly from recent struggles, along with the popularity of schemes such as the Government’s Help to Buy, while also going some way to addressing the much publicised housing shortage throughout areas of the UK.
Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes already have a number of successful developments in West and South Yorkshire, including the Applegarth Manor and Bodington Manor developments in, Leeds, along with the Hewenden Ridge and Bluebell Woods developments in Bradford, and Hartley Brook in Huddersfield.
The homebuilder predominately employs local sub-contractors and tradesmen, meaning that local businesses and people will benefit directly from the jobs – in the 2014/15 financial year, Barratt Developments Yorkshire West spent £68 million in the local economy by working with Yorkshire-based sub-contractors and suppliers.
Ian Ruthven, Managing Director at Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West, said: “The demand for new homes has soared over the past year in our region, and we are aiming to address this demand with a number of new developments across the region. Not only will this provide more choice for local buyers looking to get on or move up the housing ladder, but it is also great news for the local economy, as it will lead to an increase in the number of available local construction jobs, which will be underpinned by the development of these new homes.
“Local people will also benefit from Section 106 contributions made by Barratt Developments in the area, which will all go towards improving facilities such as public open spaces, school and educational facilities, and public transport measures. The housing market in our region is growing year on year, and its our hope that these new developments will help meet the demand for quality homes in the area.”