Wake Smith helps green fingered homes scheme

Wake Smith has provided legal advice for a unique green-fingered residential development on a derelict site in Sheffield.

Solicitors at Wake Smith worked with Hillsborough-based South Yorkshire developer Gary Campbell, from Campbell Homes, on the unique eco-style development, providing property transaction work for the £300,000 brownfield site.

Campbell Homes has taken the two-acre derelict site at Loxley Works on Low Matlock Lane in Loxley and transformed the former steel rolling mill into 11 new two and three bedroom houses.

Each property has an allocated garage, a parking space and a rear garden and also a large separate allotment plot giving the owners an opportunity to achieve a more self sufficient way of living by growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Damien Donnelly, director in Wake Smith’s commercial property team acted for Campbell Homes on the site acquisition last year.

“There are many legal considerations and frameworks to taking a brownfield site through to an eco-style residential development such as this,” said Donnelly.

“One of the requirements of planning specified by Sheffield City Council was the provision of the allotments space and communal gardens on the site which was a former factory.”

Two homes remain available on the development, priced at £315,000 and £205,000, which has taken 15 months from the purchase of the land to handing over the keys to the new residents.

Gary Campbell said: “Our latest innovative venture has brought an old local landmark back into use by providing quality homes in a fantastic setting.

“I have worked with Damien at Wake Smith for a number of years and he provides a very comprehensive service. While I am managing the workload of a developer, I am confident that all the legal details are being taken care of, so that I can work to achievable timescales on innovative projects like this.”