We are sorry to be the bearer of bad news but despite our best efforts, the Planning Inspector has allowed the appeal by the Co-op/Ilke Homes to stand. This therefore means that they have planning consent, with a few conditions, to build 133 modular homes on the land between Prospect Avenue and the Greenway/old railway. Including the single vehicular point of access from Prospect Avenue, with a pedestrian access from Shirley Road.
However, the story does not necessarily end here……
Since planning permission was granted, Ilke Homes have stopped production of their modular homes at their Yorkshire factory, sending all the workers home in the process.
Ilke Homes are now looking for a new buyer for the business and/or significant further investment.
Any bid for the business will need to be submitted before the end of next week (23/06/2023) when the future of the modular firm will be decided.
Ilke already have significant debts following previous private investors and the government bailing them out.
However, Ilke are not the only firm in building modular homes
Watch this space……