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Hogg the Builder calls it a day
ONE of York’s best known family building firms has called it a day, leaving a question mark hanging over the city’s biggest housing development.
Hogg the Builder of Strensall – junior partner to Persimmon in the controversial, 650-home Germany Beck scheme at Fulford – will not be building any more homes for the foreseeable future, says James Hogg, son of the founder Mike Hogg.
He said the firm, which specialised in building quality new homes in villages across the Vale of York, had been badly hit by the slump in the property market over the past five years.
He said it would remain in existence to sell a few remaining properties and also to honour its commitments to people who had bought its homes.
But because it was no longer building homes, it had relinquished its option to buy part of the Germany Beck site and it would be up to the landowner to seek another buyer for the site.
Simon Usher, director in charge at Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said the areas of the Germany Beck land controlled by Hogg the Builder were not a matter for Persimmon Homes to comment on.
He said: “However, we remain committed to the development of this site and are working hard to ensure housing is delivered as soon as possible.”
Hogg is a privately owned company founded by Mike Hogg in 1968. In 2008, the Press reported that it was one of a number of local housebuilding firms making staff redundant in the wake of the housing slump.
The firm, with support from others in the city’s housebuilding and property development sector, published a brochure in 2008, called Delivering New Homes In York, which called on City of York Council to drop its then demand for half of all new homes to be affordable, claiming the policy was hitting the supply of land, new housing and jobs.
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