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  • Deeley Homes given the green light for fifteen new brownfield homes in Leamington

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  • Deeley Construction wins BSG Health & Safety Award 2022

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  • Planning submitted for 40,000 sq ft unit in Buckingham

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  • Deeley Homes given the green light for fifteen new brownfield homes in Leamington

    A brown-field development of fifteen new homes in Leamington has been given the green light by Warwick District Council.

    This will be the final phase of the regeneration of the old Sydenham Industrial Estate, following Deeley Homes’ £29 million conversion of the former Soans’ motor dealership site into an initial 147 homes in 2018.

    The 11,901 sq ft development, which will be accessed by Ramsey Road, will be a mix of one bedroom and two-bedroom for social rent and shared ownership with two- and three-bedroom market sale homes.

    40% of the properties at the site will be affordable homes, with work set to begin in late summer and completion expected to be in early 2023.

    The developers will be making contributions to improve sustainable travel measures, local green spaces and sports centre improvements in the local area.

    Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director of Deeley Group, said: “With the lack of supply a real concern for prospective homeowners across the country, we’re delighted to bring another round of homes to the market, including six affordable properties.”

    “With people’s finances stretched to the limit due to a combination of factors, affordable housing is incredibly important – for first-time buyers, small families and those looking to downsize alike. As such, we’re pleased to once again be bringing new homes to Leamington.”

    “It was important to us to reaffirm the commitment we first made to the local area in 2018 as part of our regeneration of the old Sydenham Industrial Estate, and we will be making improvements to key local infrastructure once again, as the fifteen new homes are brought to fruition.

    “This sought-after location has excellent travel links to nearby towns and cities, as well as a range of desirable amenities and schooling options. We’re really looking forward to getting the build started and then showcasing the homes to interested parties upon completion.”

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  • Deeley Construction wins BSG Health & Safety Award 2022

    A leading Midlands-based construction and property development company has won a major health and safety award.

    Deeley Construction has been named Midlands Member of the Year by The Building Safety Group, the UK’s largest construction safety group.

    The award was given to the firm, which has been operating in the Midlands region for over 85 years, at the 2022 BSG Health and Safety Awards at the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove.

    Keith Galletly, Health and Safety Manager at Deeley Construction, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as the BSG Member of the Year.

    “As a business that has been in operation for nine decades, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to remain responsible, putting in the work day in, day out to ensure the highest health and safety standards are set across the business, from our offices in the heart of Coventry to our developments and projects all over the region.

    “I would like to congratulate every member of the Deeley team who has worked diligently to contribute to this renowned health and safety award achievement.”

    BSG Managing Director, Stephen Bell said: “The BSG Awards ceremony was once again a national celebration of our members’ dedicated commitment to health and safety in construction.

    “Recognised award winners such as Deeley Construction should be immensely proud of their achievements and highly commended for their admirable approach to reducing risk in the workplace.

    “It is BSG Members like Deeley who make a significant contribution to raising the bar when it comes to health and safety standards across the sector, and we offer them our congratulations.”

    The full list of winners, highly commended and shortlisted companies can be viewed here.

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  • Planning submitted for 40,000 sq ft unit in Buckingham

    A planning application has been submitted to develop a new £7.5 million manufacturing and distribution facility on an established industrial park in Buckingham.

    Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group has put forward the application to Aylesbury Vale District Council to build the new 40,000 sq ft unit at Buckingham Industrial Estate, which is forecasted to create 50 new jobs.

    If the application is successful, the developer is expecting to be on-site by winter 2022, with completion of the new industrial unit targeted for autumn 2023.

    The land will be acquired, subject to successfully gaining planning consent, from the Human Capability Foundation – a grant-making foundation based in Buckingham which is supported by Natco Foods Ltd.

    The site has an historic planning consent for use as a cash and carry linked to the adjacent factory.

    Deeley Group is currently seeking a tenant or occupier for the manufacturing and distribution facility.

    The business, which is headquartered in Coventry, has experience of providing manufacturing facilities in Buckinghamshire having developed Buckingham’s first purpose built freehold business centre, and constructed 70,000 sq ft of industrial units at Kites Park in Princes Risborough.

    Andrew Brazier, development consultant at the Deeley Group, said: “This scheme will create a vital new employment opportunity for the manufacturing and logistics industry in Buckinghamshire.

    “There is a growing need in the region for industrial units of this type. The development is perfectly positioned on an established, thriving industrial park which benefits from excellent transport links to the A421 and nearby motorways.

    “This will be the third time that we have worked in Buckingham, following the hugely successful bespoke development of industrial units at Swan Business Centre and Anglevale.

    “We hope, depending on planning consent, to have the unit completed by autumn 2023 and will be seeking a tenant or occupier for the facility in the coming months.”

    Ziran Land is a joint venture partner on the development with the Deeley Group.

    Chris White, chartered surveyor and managing director of White Commercial, introduced the opportunity to Ziran Land and Deeley Group and is the developer’s retained agent on the scheme.

    Chris said: “This scheme – Signet 40, provides a quality building in its own self-contained site – to be developed by Deeley Properties between the M1 and M40 – in an area with significant shortages of quality Industrial and Warehousing accommodation.

    “We are already receiving a good level of interest for the building. The availability of the unit ‘for sale’ is also attracting many companies unable to locate buildings they can own and occupy.”

    Follett & Co is acting on behalf of land owner, the Human Capability Foundation, in the deal and is joint agent for the scheme.

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  • BLOG: Mike and Vicki at Moreton Edge

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  • Extra Care scheme launches in Didcot

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  • BLOG: Biodiversity at the heart of school development

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  • BLOG: Mike and Vicki at Moreton Edge

    Mike and Vicki were the first homeowners to move in to our Moreton Edge development in Moreton-in-Marsh.

    We caught up with the couple a few months after moving in to see how they are enjoying life at Moreton Edge and living in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    What attracted you to the home and Moreton Edge initially?

    We found this development online and we were looking for the Moreton-in-Marsh area generally. At the time, all of the properties had been reserved, so we put our names down on the waiting list.

    We didn’t expect we would get the offer of a plot, but Oliver Knight said it would be still worth us registering our interest.

    It was June when Oliver contacted us and told us that one had become available. We jumped at the chance. To end up being the first people in was a real surprise.

    Why Moreton-in-Marsh?

    We came from Beverley in Yorkshire, which is lovely but we, wanted a complete change. Mike had just retired, neither of us driving at the moment, so we wanted to come to a place where we had easy access to services.

    Moreton-in-Marsh runs a bus service to surrounding villages. We are also close to Oxford and also 90 minutes from London Paddington on the train and there is a lovely high street full of all the shops you need. It’s also an area of outstanding natural beauty, so we have easy access to a lot of walks in the countryside – we’re surrounded by footpaths and routes.

    Quality of the build?

    We had a four-bedroom house before and we weren’t particularly looking for something of the same size. The three bedroom specification we saw was ideal, the dimensions of the room were big, and to us it seemed to work perfectly.

    The house has a high-quality finish – we knew that was going to be the case from the moment we saw the brochure.

    We came down to Moreton-in-Marsh in April 2021, because that was the earliest we could travel due to lockdown. It was a lovely week and we stayed in a cottage on the main street. We looked at the development from the outside and thought it looked really good.

    It’s in a good location, and the Cotswold stone build is fantastic. It fits in ideally to town.

    This is a lovely small development and we’re of the opinion there will be a great community here.

    We love the house and we’re really very happy with it. The landscape is what we particularly wanted and our garden has a gorgeous view.

    Hospital Road is a lovely road with a really nice mixture of properties on it, but the way Deeley has done the build with the tiles and Cotswold stone means it fits in perfectly.

    We hope to be here for the long-term and feel really settled here.

    Experience with Deeley Homes?

    Deeley Homes tried to get the house ready for us as soon as they could. We had been living temporarily in an Air BnB for two months, after selling our existing house.

    We expected there may be a few problems as it’s a building site and we would be the first ones in occupation, but the builders have been good. There are a few things which still need finishing but we understand that will take time, but it doesn’t stop us enjoying the house.

    With Deeley Homes being a smaller developer that has made a big difference. Before we moved in we had correspondence with both Eleanor Deeley and Dean Weldon and found them both fine to work with.

    It was even down to things like keeping the heating on for when we moved in and the welcome on arrival, little touches that make a big difference.

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  • Extra Care scheme launches in Didcot

    Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme has launched in Didcot.

    Poppy Meadows will enable over 55s in Didcot, Oxfordshire to live independently with access to an on-site care team.

    The new Extra Care scheme hosted a successful launch event at the District Community Centre, just across the road from the development, with firm interest being shown by prospective residents.

    Poppy Meadows will consist of 80 stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments with a care team available 24/7 offering tailored support for residents that need it.

    The scheme is being delivered by Housing 21, a national leading provider of Retirement Living and Extra Care, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction and Vale of White Horse District, supported by the £2.4 million Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

    The development is currently being built and is anticipating opening their show apartment and marketing suite in August 2022.

    Susan Wells, New Homes Sales Manager at Housing 21, said: “We’re very pleased with how the build is coming along, and it was great to meet with prospective residents at our launch event held at the local community centre. Now we’ll look forward to getting the show apartment ready to show future residents around in early August.”

    Eleanor Deeley, Joint Managing Director at Deeley Group, said: “It’s fantastic to hear of the excitement from prospective residents at what will be a state-of-the-art Extra Care scheme providing vital homes to people in Didcot.

    “We’re proud to be continuing our strong partnership with Housing 21 on this development. Poppy Meadows is being delivered to the highest standard and we are certain that residents will love living here when it is completed.”

    All apartments have been designed and are being built to high quality standards to provide fully accessible facilities for residents. Residents can expect quality fitted kitchens, level access showers and specialist flooring to reduce slip hazards, in addition to living in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC C) status property.

    There will also be a range of communal facilities including a residents’ lounge and gardens, as well as a café/bistro and an on-site hair salon that will be available for use by the wider local community too.

    For more information about Poppy Meadows, visit www.housing21.org.uk.

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  • BLOG: Biodiversity at the heart of school development

    Work is progressing on the second phase of our work at Riverbank Academy and Ernesford Grange Community Academy.

    While the three-storey, £5 million extension project funded by Coventry City Council continues for the Ernesford Grange secondary school – a stone’s throw away, there is a huge biodiversity project underway.

    Coventry City Council understands the importance of enhancing the environment and included it in the planning requirements for the development. This led to Deeley working with Leamington-based Arbscape Tree Surgeons to create a safe haven for wildlife.

    Colin Sheasby, of Arbscape Tree Surgeons, speaks about the biodiversity works in our latest blog.


    This is the first time we have worked with the Deeley Group on a project and we were brought together by Coventry City Council.

    As part of the original planning process, it was required for there to be an ecological survey of the site. Swift Ecology prepared the report and recommended work which could be completed to enhance the biodiversity of the site.

    First of all, the report found that the main school site wasn’t large enough to provide the necessary space to create a habitat. As a result, we have been working not only on the main school site, but also the playing field, which is part of the school boundary, and land adjacent to that field.

    We have been on site now since January and we’re making significant progress. One of the key tasks we have been working on is the creation of a 300 sqm ‘tiny forest’.

    To create the forest, we have been planting a range of native species in a very small space, then leaving it to the environment to let it develop.

    It has been lovely to be able to invite students from the school to help us in the planting of the forest – and the idea is that in the future it will be a great educational resource for pupils.

    We have used the Miyawaki methodology to create the forest, which centres around planting two to four trees per square metre, and then the forest will be self-sustaining.

    On the main school site, we have planted 21 new scattered trees and four trees to enhance an existing hedgerow, with a further seven new trees planted on the additional field. The focus of this biodiversity project was to ensure the species chosen are native or wildlife friendly – meaning they can provide pollen, fruit or seeds for wildlife which inhabit and occupy the area.

    Existing trees in the area have had bird and bat boxes added to them to encourage more wildlife while we are also creating an invertebrate hotel and log pile to foster habitats for invertebrates, amphibians, and small mammals.

    This is an exciting addition and will be a significant educational resource for both Riverbank Academy and Ernesford Grange Community Academy on the site.

    We’re also working to create in total 7,000 sqm of wildflower meadow across the main school site and additional field. The main school site has had 2,200 sqm of wildflower meadow sown, including Yellow Rattle and Cornfield Annuals seed mix.

    We are also scrub planting, adding new hedges and planting blossom trees. The work will significantly enhance the site and the biodiverse wildlife corridor that links it to existing natural habitats.

    However, one important part of any biodiversity programme of works is to also rid the existing environment of any threats to its long-term health.

    That has seen control measures introduced on invasive, non-native species. We’re working to rid the area of Himalayan Cotoneaster and control the Himalayan Balsam, and the measures will hopefully stop the species spreading further and on to the school site.

    We’ll be finishing our works along the river by August and then the plan is to monitor and manage the area for the next three years.

    We’re very optimistic that the ecological impact and impact for wildlife in the area will be huge, and it is hoped all the different features will become a habitat for everything from bats and badgers to invertebrates and birds to forage and nest.

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