WORK has started on a social housing provider’s biggest ever development – a £55 million scheme for 270 homes in a North Yorkshire town.

Yorkshire Housing’s project - dubbed Hodgson’s Gate -will feature properties ranging from one to five bedrooms on a 25-acre site in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

It says 95 will be for sale, 23 for private rent, 58 for affordable rent, 32 for rent to buy and 62 for shared ownership.

A spokeswoman said planning approval was granted late last year, allowing construction to commence on the site east of Hodgson’s Lane.

“Yorkshire Housing worked with Sheffield architects MHA and contractor Countryside Properties on the flagship scheme,” she said.

“The development, which will see high quality homes built in a £55 million investment, is set to be finished by April 2022.

“Sherburn-in-Elmet is a popular area between Leeds and York. The Hodgson’s Gate development is north-east of the centre, with access from the Sherburn bypass.”

Andy Gamble, director of development at Yorkshire Housing, said: “We’re delighted that our hard work will provide an opportunity for hundreds of people to move into high quality new homes.

“Our progress means we can deliver more much needed homes to the region as we continue working towards our strategic priority of delivering 3,120 homes by 2021 and a further 3,000 new homes by 2025-26.”

Chris Penn, operations director at Countryside Properties PLC (Yorkshire), said it was delighted to be working in partnership with Yorkshire Housing, Homes England, Selby District Council and partner organisations to deliver an ‘exemplar development’ of 270 new homes during the next three years, providing housing for sale and mixed tenure affordable housing.

“Countryside Properties is proud to be able to assist Yorkshire Housing in achieving its target of 3,120 new homes by 2021 with the delivery of this flagship development.”