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  • Pick and Shovel makes way for new homes

Pick and Shovel makes way for new homes

"We have been based in Coalville since our birth in 1946, so we are proud to be contributing to the regeneration of the town centre as well as delivering much-needed affordable homes."

Jim Patman, emh group Development Director

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Demolition of the derelict Pick and Shovel pub in the heart of Coalville is underway to make way for 14 new affordable homes. The site is being redeveloped by Coalville-based social housing and care provider emh group who completed the purchase last month after receiving planning permission from North West Leicestershire District Council in December.

Representatives from emh group, builders Lindum, along with Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, Richard Blunt, were on hand to start the ball rolling at a ceremony on Wednesday 18 March.

Due for completion in April 2016, the 14 new affordable one-bedroom homes will be owned and managed by emh homes, the landlord arm of emh group.

The £2.2 million development costs will be met by emh group and includes contributions of £430,000 from North West Leicestershire District Council and £420,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The project follows the flagship redevelopment of the Minnesotas site on one of the main routes into the town in 2013 where emh group delivered 27 new homes for rent and shared ownership sale.

Jim Patman, Development Director at emh group, said: "We were delighted when North West Leicestershire District Council approached us to be a part of this project. Coalville is where we have been based since our birth in 1946, so we are proud to be contributing to the regeneration of the town centre as well as delivering much-needed affordable homes."

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "For too long the former Pick and Shovel has been a blight on Coalville in a key part of the town. We were delighted when emh group accepted our offer to work together to redevelop the site, and we are very pleased to see work starting so soon. This site in the middle of Coalville will provide much needed affordable accommodation to local people. We look forward to see the site develop."

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