Multi-million pound development celebrates Derbyshire's miners

The mining heritage of a Derbyshire village is being celebrated on a £6 million housing development.

The former site of some of the area’s oldest mines on Greenhill Lane in Leabrooks will once again teem with life as The Oakes development opens in Spring next year.

The scheme has been named after Somercotes family the Oakes, who ran mines in the area during the 19th century.

Our commercial property arm, Limehouse Developments, is developing the 58-home site, with the build completed by energy and services specialist ENGIE.

Marcus Keys, Futures’ Business Growth and Transformation Director, said: “This area of Derbyshire has a rich mining heritage that we want to celebrate while bringing a disused site back into use for future generations.

“The land we’re regenerating once provided employment to local families in the mines, as well as a place to socialise through the miners’ welfare, so we are now transforming it into much-needed homes for the area.

“We’re delighted to be delivering quality homes for a range of buyers and renters as part of our commitment to developing at least 1,000 homes by 2020. This is our way of helping to solve the UK’s housing crisis.”

The Oakes boasts a mix of detached, semi-detached and townhouses for sale, shared ownership and affordable rent.

Nathan Brough, Regional Director at ENGIE, said: “We’ve already made great progress on the creation of this new community and it’s great to be able to honour the heritage of the site with our partners as the development’s name is unveiled.

“The Oakes will provide high quality new homes, designed to complement the wider village of Leabrooks, and we hope that residents will enjoy living there when the development completes in Spring 2019.”

Ready for sale by 2019, the development includes two, three and four-bedroom homes suitable for couples, families and individuals looking to live in a village setting with easy access to local amenities.

The Oakes has been part-funded by Homes England and Amber Valley Borough Council.

Caroline Cormack, Head of Home Ownership and Supply in the Midlands for Homes England, added: “Homes England is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing where it’s most needed. It’s great to see the funding provided by Homes England enabling the development of this previously derelict site to deliver good quality affordable housing here.”

Councillor Paul Hillier, Amber Valley Borough Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Public Health, said: “The Council is delighted to be able to financially support the delivery of this scheme, that is providing much needed accommodation for local people.”

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