Contractor Forrest has started on site to deliver 37 new homes in New Mills, Derbyshire for The Guinness Partnership.

The £4.2million scheme will be known as ‘Marsh Mills’ and will provide homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. 62% of the new properties are affordable, more than twice the policy requirement, which will help address the need for affordable homes in New Mills

This is the first land-led development deal for Forrest which has been developing the new offering over recent months.

The brownfield site is a former quarry, and planning permission was granted in January for the development, with full support from High Peak Borough Council. Emphasis will be the speedy delivery of the new homes, which will see the project completed inside 14 months.

Ted Macdougal, Development Director at Forrest stated, “We are delighted to have commenced our first land-led development project; we’re confident it will be the first of many. Guinness was the obvious partner for us to work with here as they have existing homes in the area and Homes and Communities grant to spend in the Borough”.

Allan Ramsay, Development Director at Guinness said, “I’m really pleased work has begun on this important housing development. We’re making the best use of what was a disused site and I’m confident future buyers and tenants will be delighted by the family homes Forrest is building for us”.