Breakthrough for stalled Rolleston Drive Arnold housing site as new builder appointed after 12-month wait

Unfinished homes on new build housing estate with fencing in front
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Homeowners left in limbo for more than a year due to the stalled Rolleston Drive housing development in Arnold finally have some clarity on when they can move in after a new contractor was appointed. Back in June last year, the first tenants were just two weeks away from moving into their new homes at the site.

This was until modular housebuilder Ilke Homes went bust at the 11th hour. Work stopped, builders left and homeowners were left in limbo for more than a year due to the collapse of the firm that was working for the Jigsaw Homes housing association.

Key meetings were held with officials in the proceeding months - and, in a update issued on Wednesday (July 3), Jigsaw bosses confirmed that Midlands-based firm Morro Partnerships has been awarded the contract to complete the job.

Only four houses are left to build, with the first ones expected to be ready to move into by October. The new date for the whole scheme to completed is September 2025.

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Garnet Fazackerley from Jigsaw Homes said: “This has been an incredibly challenging time following the collapse of ilke Homes in June 2023. However, we remained committed and confident that we could find a suitable partner who could complete the scheme and provide much-needed affordable homes and we are delighted to be working with Morro Partnerships to complete this development.

"We appreciate the patience from Gedling Borough Council, Homes England and local residents as we know this has been a frustrating time for all concerned, but we are now on the right track to deliver new homes for those most in need.”

Gedling Borough Council chief executive Mike Hill said: “We’re very pleased to hear that the homes will be completed and we can get families, who have been waiting for such a long time, into these much needed affordable homes.

"This has been a very stressful time for families, and it has also impacted housing waiting lists in the borough, so we look forward to being able to reduce that list and get people out of temporary accommodation."

The homes at the Birch Fields site will have NHBC warranty following quality and compliance checks and have been kept watertight and secure since the stalling of the development, Jigsaw Homes said.

There will be 45 two-bedroom homes, 73 three-bedroom homes and 13 four-bedroom "affordable rent" homes, advertised through Gedling Borough Council’s Homesearch scheme and allocated to meet local housing need.