A joint reserved matters application made by ilke Homes and Places for People has been approved by Mid Sussex Council

Announcement comes as House of Lords’ Built Environment Committee backs MMC as a means of speeding up delivery of affordable housing

Places for People and ilke Homes  have been given the green light to deliver 307 new homes at Burgess Hill, in the district of Mid Sussex.

The two companies entered a strategic partnership in 2019, which remains the largest deal to date for Britain’s modular housing sector, and are working together to set a new standard for development on the 19.3-acre site in the district.

The development, which will be named Abbeville Park, includes a range of apartments and a mix of  two, three and four-bedroom properties. The houses will be constructed using modern methods of construction, and all the homes built will provide much-needed affordable homes for rent and for sale through Shared Ownership.

219 of the 307 homes will be manufactured offsite at ilke Homes’ factory, where the company harnesses artificial intelligence, robotics and digital design to create homes that are high-quality and  energy-efficient, helping to keep residents’ bills down at a time when household bills are increasing. Alongside the modular construction, three traditionally-built wheelchair accessible homes will be constructed, together with a further 86 apartments.

Thanks to precision-engineering techniques, the partnership - which starts on site in summer 2022 - expects the development to be completed by 2025; this is half the time it would take if built using traditional methods. An increasing number of local authorities and housing associations are turning to modern methods of construction (MMC) - which include modular housing - as a means of speeding up the delivery of much-needed housing - as evidenced in a recent report from the House of Lords’ Built Environment Committee.

Places for People’s Group Development Director, Adrian Bohr, said: "Places for People is delighted to continue its partnership with ilke Homes. The development will deliver houses built using traditional construction methods and modular houses through modern methods of construction.

“The delivery of this new neighbourhood  at Burgess Hill forms an integral part of Places for People’s strategy to deliver high quality affordable homes which provide choice and meet people’s needs. Working alongside partners such as ilke Homes allows us to combine expertise and supports our aim of creating well-designed, sustainable mixed-tenure communities.”

Places for People has a Strategic Partnership with Homes England Homes England has also been championing modular housing as a solution to speeding up the delivery of affordable housing across the UK. Last year, the Government’s national housing agency announced that housing associations looking to sign deals under the new £11.5 billion Affordable Housing Programme will have to commit to using modern methods of construction (MMC) to deliver at least a quarter of their pipelines. 

Places for People is a strategic partner with Homes England. In 2018, Places for People were one of the first organisations to be awarded a grant from Homes England and will deliver circa 6,000 affordable homes over the next 10 years through this partnership. 

Adrian continued: “Abbeville Park will be developed as part of our strategic partnership with Homes England. This key partnership plays a pivotal role in the delivery of affordable housing, enabling us to further increase the provision of affordable homes across mixed-tenure neighbourhoods. It is a testament of how well such collaborations work and how we can swiftly increase the creation of places in which everyone can live.”

Tom Heathcote, Executive Director of Development at ilke Homes, said: “This latest milestone demonstrates the strength of our long-standing relationship with Places for People, with this being the first development we will be delivering for the placemaking organisation. Since launching the offering in June 2020, we’ve continuously proved our ability to unlock and bring forward strategic sites of significant size.

“We are proud to be delivering these homes in partnership with Places for People, making a considerable and accelerated contribution to the availability of affordable homes nationwide.”

As part of sweeping reforms to the planning system, the Government is encouraging the redevelopment of brownfield sites to bring new investment into areas and increase housing delivery.

The site, which sits on Fairbridge Way, will be constructed by ilke Homes as part of its turnkey offering.


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