L&G reopens modular factory as Selby site gets green light


Legal & General Modular Homes, the development arm of Legal & General Capital, has gained planning consent to deliver 154 homes, using modular construction, at an eight-acre site on Portholme Road, Selby in North Yorkshire.


Selby marks the first scheme where L&G Modular Homes will cover the entire development from buying land to developing the product, achieving planning consent and delivery.

The firm reopened its modular construction facility in Sherburn-in-Elmet in Yorkshire last week to on-site operatives, after the implementation of social distancing measures to the controlled factory environment.

L&G said that its design and digital engineering specialists had been able to work remotely throughout the lockdown period and 75 employees have now returned to the factory as part of the gradual phasing back of its 250 staff. In contrast, construction sites across the UK have remained closed under lockdown rules.

Rosie Toogood, CEO of L&G Modular Homes said: 'Using modular construction, Legal & General will be able to deliver high quality homes at a much faster rate than through traditional construction. In a post Covid-19 crisis environment, the speed of delivery will be more important than ever before.'

The new scheme includes up to 30% affordable housing and will be developed on the site of the former Selby civic centre. The masterplan incorporates a mix of 78 terraced houses and 76 low-rise apartments, with direct connections to Leeds and York.

All homes have been designed to achieve EPC Standard A, currently only achieved by circa 1% of new homes.

The Shelby green light boosts L&G's ambitions to build its annual delivery to 3,000 modular homes a year in 2024. Some 350 homes have now been added to the pipeline so far this year.

Including Selby, during the last three weeks of lockdown L&G has achieved planning approvals for around 650 new homes across five schemes.

Preparing L&G’s housing businesses for post-covid resumption of activity across all types of tenure, consents include planning permission for a 270-home later living community at its former surrey Campus office which will create around 175 construction jobs per annum and up to 80 new permanent jobs once complete.