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Work underway at Cotgrave housing site

Work has begun on a new housing site at a former colliery at Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire.Representatives from Rushcliffe Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, along with other key players, gathered at the Hollygate Park site last week to mark the milestone.Development at the site is expected to take place over the next eight to ten years, at a cost of around £100 million.Some 450 new homes, of which 141 will be affordable, are to be constructed over 34 hectares at the former colliery, while nearly 600 jobs will be created through the development of 18,500 sq m of employment floor space.Rushcliffe, the borough in which Cotgrave sits, has been awarded 'Client Based Status' under the National Skills Academy for Construction and is the first in the East Midlands to join the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.As a result, developers and housebuilders will employ and offer training opportunities to local people when building new homes.Neil Clarke, leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: "This major development is a massive boost for Cotgrave and Rushcliffe's economy, as well as providing new homes and giving local people opportunities for work and training. "It is another way we are transforming Cotgrave from a former pit village into an even more desirable location to live and do business. Rushcliffe Borough Council is proud to continue to support developments that benefit local communities."Hollygate Park is one of the first developments in the country to achieve top marks in the Built For Life 12 accreditation, which recognises excellence in design quality, safety and community. The first homes at the site are expected to be ready by the beginning of 2015.Debbie Johnson, from the Construction Industry Training Board, who is heading up the National Skills Academy for Construction, said her organisation would be able to support the development of the supply chain and boost the aspirations of local people by working with local schools and colleges. 

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