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Big thank you to Brough residents for helping to protect ground nesting birds

The Brough South Consortium would like to thank dog walkers and other recreational users of the former BAE airfield for observing new signs asking people not to disturb the surrounding land.

The airfield is home to a range of ground nesting birds, some of which are endangered, and as such it has been designated an Ecological Management Area, to ensure the birds are protected.

Recently, at the request of Natural England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, we erected fences across the airfield to clearly identify the public right of way. We have also erected signage to let users know about the ecologically sensitive nature of the site, and why it is important they take care while using it.

We are delighted to report that since the fencing and the signage have gone up, the numbers of walkers and their dogs inadvertently disturbing the area has significantly dropped, meaning the birds are much more likely to successfully breed.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, said he was delighted and very grateful that users of the area were abiding by the signs and keeping to the footpath.

He said: “The former airfield is understandably viewed by dog walkers as a great area to exercise their dogs.

“However, it is ecologically important and provides essential habitat for a range of ground nesting birds and their welfare must, of course, be taken into consideration.

“As a result, the site has been designated an Ecologically Managed Area to ensure the birds get the protection they need to thrive. The public footpaths which surrounding the area still provide plenty of opportunity for dog walkers as they provide access to some lovely walks and spectacular views.

“Since we erected the fencing and the signage, incidents of dogs and people disturbing the birds have dropped significantly, which is wonderful news. We’d like to thank all those who use the right of way for showing consideration to the wildlife, and for their continued cooperation.”

Grass cutting operations, carried out by the Horncastle Group, took place on the airfield prior to the nesting season, as curlews and other ground nesting birds prefer shorter grass to better see predators.

The RSPB has confirmed that since the grass cutting took place, up to 120 curlew, as well as redshank and snipe, have been spotted in the area, which is great news for the bird population non the Humber.

The Horncastle Group is bringing forward the £200m Brough South Development with funding assistance from Homes England, on behalf of the Brough South Consortium.

The consortium is made up of the developers, local landowners, Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates Ltd and BAE Systems.

Brough Relief Road Wins Prestigious Engineering Award

The ICE Yorkshire & Humber Awards Evening, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 15th March 2019. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Phase 2 of Brough Relief Road, which connects Moor Road in the east of the town to the Brough South development, has won a prestigious award for excellence.

The project won second place in the £5m and over category of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Yorkshire and Humber awards. 

Phase 2 of Brough Relief Road was funded by the Brough South Consortium and Homes England, and was carried out by civil engineering specialist CR Reynolds in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Network Rail.

The awards, which were held on Friday, March 15th, celebrate the best in civil engineering projects in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

As well as placing second, Phase 2 of Brough Relief Road won a Certificate of Excellence at the ceremony, recognising the quality of design and workmanship that has gone into the scheme.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC – the development company bringing Brough South forward – congratulated all parties involved in the work.

He said: “Phases 1 and 2 of Brough Relief Road have been extremely successful in linking the land to the south of the railway line to the rest of the town and the A63.

“Congratulations to CR Reynolds, ERYC, and all the other partners involved for this thoroughly deserved recognition.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is currently seeking planning permission for Phase 3 of Brough Relief Road which will provide the final link to Humber Enterprise Park and Skillings Lane and reduce congestion and HGV vehicle movements in town centre.

Subject to approval, work could start on the project this year.

The £200m Brough South Development is being brought forward by the Horncastle Group PLC with funding assistance from Homes England, on behalf of the Brough South Consortium which is made up of the developers, local landowners, Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates Ltd and BAE Systems.

Horncastle Group welcomes ERYC announcement on Brough relief road

The Horncastle Group PLC has welcomed news that work on phase three of the Brough relief road could get underway this year.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council announced that they are seeking planning permission for the £6.5m development, and that subject to approval, work could start in the new financial year, which gets underway on April 1st.

The road will ease town-centre congestion by linking the southern point of Skillings Lane with Moor Road, meaning that once completed, traffic will no longer be confined to the current town centre route.

It will also provide better access to the Enterprise Zone and facilitate the ongoing development of Brough South.

Richard Lewis, civil engineering services manager at East Riding Council, said: “Phase three of the Brough Relief Road is an important infrastructure development as it would improve access to the Humber Enterprise Park Enterprise Zone and would also open up an area of land for mixed use development as part of the Brough South project led by the Horncastle Group.

“The scheme is anticipated to cost around £6.5m, with funding being obtained from a number of sources – including from a bid to the Local Growth Fund, which is administered by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

“Subject to planning approval and successful funding bids, the council would seek to start work on site during the next financial year with a programme of works that would likely complete in 2020.” 

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, welcomed the news.

He said: “Phase Three is an integral part of Brough South and will provide a much-improved access to the Humber Enterprise Park. We are delighted the Council are working with us to facilitate its early delivery.”

New school opens on Brough South Development

Hunsley Primary – a new primary school on the £200m Brough South development – has been completed and opened in December 2018.

Hunsley Primary sits on a 1.4ha site in the mixed residential, retail, leisure and commercial scheme, currently being built in the east of the town on the south side of the Hull to Selby railway track.

The single-storey building includes a reception class and six year classes, each catering for up to 30 children, with potential for future expansion.

Outside facilities include a soft, landscaped playing field, football pitch, PE area, hard surfaced informal social area, and soft play area for reception-aged children.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, described the school as a fantastic addition to the growing development.

The Horncastle Group is bringing Brough South forward on behalf of the Brough South Consortium, which includes the Horncastle Group, local landowners and developers Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates Ltd and BAE Systems Ltd.

Mr Hodges said: “Hunsley Primary is a high-quality addition to Brough South in every sense. The school is a thoroughly modern design which is in keeping with the wider development and it will provide children from the development, together with other local children with a first-class primary education.

“With this and the first phase of residential development currently ongoing, Brough South is now beginning to take shape, which after so many years in the planning, is fantastic to see.

“These will be joined in the future with a range of amenities including a supermarket and non-food shops, a family-friendly pub and restaurant, which will provide welcome additions to everything this popular East Yorkshire town already has to offer.”

Hunsley Primary will be managed by Education Alliance – a multi-school trust also including South Hunsley and Malet Lambert – and it replaces a temporary primary school located at South Hunsley.

Brough South Liaison Meeting

The next Brough South Liaison Meeting will take place on Monday 11th March at 7pm at the Petuaria Centre in Brough.

This is a drop in meeting with all welcome to attend.

Residential Construction Gets Underway at Brough South!

Construction of the first phase of residential development has got underway at Brough South.

Barratt Homes Yorkshire East are creating 200 new homes at their development, Harrier Chase, in the first wave of building work at the site. The development is located in the east of the town on the south side of the Hull to Selby railway track.

The new properties will range from two-bedroom starter homes to detached, four-bedroom executive houses. They will be in easy reach of new amenities the development is bringing to the thriving East Yorkshire town.

As well as the residential offering, the £200m Brough South development includes a new primary school, healthcare facilities, supermarket and non-food shops, family restaurants and space for local businesses to set up and grow.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, described the start of residential construction as a ‘milestone’ in the history of the development.

The Horncastle Group is bringing Brough South forward on behalf of the Brough South Consortium which is made up of the developers, local landowners, Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates and BAE Systems.

Mr Hodges said: “A huge amount of work has been completed to get us to this point, both in terms of designing and planning the development and significant infrastructure and land raising work.

“To see that work culminating in new homes emerging from the ground will be fantastic, and an opportunity for local people to finally see this exciting development take shape.”

Steve Mattinson, Construction Director at Barratt Homes Yorkshire East, added: “We’re delighted to have broken ground at our new Harrier Chase development in Brough, it is a significant moment in the creation of the site.

“As well as building new homes for the area, it’s fantastic that our development has helped to ensure a new school and other much needed public amenities will be put in place for local people. We’re looking forward progressing with the build and watching the new development take shape over the coming months.”

Jack’s Idea Takes Flight!

A schoolboy from Welton has won a competition to name phase one of residential development at Brough South.

Six-year-old Jack Barnacle, a pupil at Welton Primary School, triumphed with his entry, Harrier Chase, which judges thought best reflected the aeronautical history of the town.

Jack saw off stiff competition to win in the contest, which called upon children from local schools to suggest names for the housing development.

The development, which consists of 200 new homes, is being brought forward by Barratt Homes Yorkshire East and is part of the £200m mixed-use residential, retail, leisure and commercial development located on the south side of the town.

Jayne Patrick, School Business Manager at Welton Primary School, said the school was delighted when Barratt Homes reached out to them to help name the new development.

“The brief to think of a name synonymous with the history of the local area was a great research and creative project for the children, and we’re delighted that Jack’s entry was selected,” Jayne said.

Paul Hogan, Sales Director at Barratt Homes, added: “There were so many wonderful entries to choose from so our decision wasn’t an easy one.

“However, as the new development is near to Brough Aerodrome, where many Harrier Jump Jets were built, Jack’s suggestion of Harrier Chase really stood out to us.

“We liked the reference to Brough’s local association with the aviation industry, and we’re pleased to be able to create a lasting legacy with the name of the new development.” 

Brough South is being brought forward by leading commercial developers, the Horncastle Group PLC, on behalf of the Bough South Consortium.

The consortium is made up of the developers, local landowners and developers Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates and BAE Systems.

Ian Hodges, Managing Director of the Horncastle Group, said: “It’s great to see the Barratt Homes getting involved with the local community like this, the competition was a fantastic idea and went down really well.

“Jack’s winning suggestion is a great name for the development. Harrier Chase really captures the history of Brough and in particular the area where the houses are being built.”

Phase Two of Brough South Relief Road Completed

Construction work on the second phase of Brough Relief Road has been completed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The vital infrastructure work was carried out by local civil engineering company C.R. Reynolds Ltd in partnership with the council and Network Rail.

The work extends the relief road, providing a link to the £200m Brough South development on the south of the railway line, enabling construction work on the scheme to progress to the next phase.

It also clears the way for design work to start on phase three of the project, linking Brough Relief Road to the Humber Enterprise Park, to remove traffic from Skillings Lane and ease traffic congestion in the centre of Brough.

Brough South is a mixed-use residential, retail, leisure and commercial scheme being brought forward by the Horncastle Group PLC on behalf of the Brough South Consortium.

The consortium is made up of Horncastle Group PLC, local landowners and developers Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd and Riplingham Estates Ltd and BAE Systems Ltd.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, said: “Completing phase two of Brough Relief Road is a huge milestone in the development of Brough South. The scheme has included building a bridge over the railway line to connect Brough with the project site for the first time, which was a significant undertaking. It will enable the local community to readily access the new facilities and amenities which are to be provided as part of the Brough South development.

“With the bridge now in place, construction work Brough South can pick up pace, meaning residents will soon start to see this exciting development take shape.”

The development is being part-funded with a loan from the Homes England and Horncastle has worked with ERYC’s infrastructure on the delivery of Phase Two of the Brough Relief Road.

Brough South will create more than 700 new, permanent jobs once completed and 200 jobs during the construction phase.

Once completed, the 125-acre site should include;

  • 750 new family homes
  • A supermarket
  • New healthcare facilities and care facilities for the elderly
  • Restaurants, hotel and pub for family use
  • A primary school
  • A range of retail units and a DIY store
  • Natural play environments
  • An important ecological area/zone adjacent to the Humber
  • A relief road to the Humber Enterprise Zone
  • Junction improvements to the A63 to reduce congestion.

Planning application granted for 200 homes at Brough South

A Reserve Matters Planning application has been approved to build the first phase of residential properties at the Brough South development.

Barratt Homes Yorkshire East was granted consent in respect of the first 200 homes to be built at the development, by East Riding of Yorkshire Council earlier this month.

In total, around 750 homes will be constructed over four phases at the £200m mixed-use residential, retail, leisure and commercial development on the south side of the Hull to Selby railway track.

They will range from two-bedroom starter homes to detached, four-bedroom executive houses.

Brough South will also include a new primary school, healthcare facilities, a supermarket and non-food shops, family restaurants and a variety of new premises for local businesses, enhancing the already thriving East Yorkshire town.

The development is being brought forward by leading East Yorkshire property developer, the Horncastle Group PLC, on behalf of the Brough South Consortium. The consortium is made up of the developers, local landowners and developers Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates and BAE Systems.

Ian Hodges, managing director of Horncastle Group PLC, said he was delighted the application had been approved.

He said: “We’re really pleased to announce that the planning application was successful and that the first phase of residential development can commence. Barratt Homes is a nationally recognised name and one that is synonymous with high quality, well designed houses which will be very much in keeping with the wider Brough South development.”

Construction work is due to start on the homes in summer 2018, after infrastructure works and land raising operations have been completed.

Water basin provides flood relief and home for wildlife at Brough South

Water Basin at Brough South creates home for wildlife

A water basin created to provide flood relief and a home for wildlife has been completed at Brough South.

The basin was designed by BWB in consultation with Natural England and East Riding Council, and built by South Yorkshire-based contractor VHE Construction.

It provides a range of ecological enhancements at the former airfield to the south of the development site, and will increase biodiversity by creating a habitat for voles, waders, ground nesting birds and other wildlife.

The basin is also situated on an important migratory route.

A series of information boards are due to be erected shortly, enabling people to learn about the importance of the habitat and the different species the water basin will attract.

Materials extracted from the basin have been used to raise land on which the first phase of residential development will take place.

Further land raising activity will is due next year, before Barratt Homes Yorkshire East start construction on 200 new houses in the summer.

Brough South is being brought forward by leading East Yorkshire property developer, the Horncastle Group PLC, on behalf of the Brough South Consortium, which is made up of the Horncastle Group, local landowners and developers Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates Ltd and BAE Systems Ltd.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, said: “The water basin is the first of a number of ecological enhancements that will be delivered by the project and has created a home for wildlife and improve biodiversity of the area. The Humber, adjacent, is an SSSI and the basin will serve the migratory birds that use the estuary.”