Pacy & Wheatley Rise to a Residential Development Challenge!

Pacy & Wheatley are excited to reveal a recently completed residential housing development of 11 new homes, builton formerly agricultural land near Grassmoor, Chesterfield. The project represents a major success for the company, given the restrictive planning conditions and environmental context of the site.

The client, SYHA and Homes England commissioned Pacy & Wheatley to build a new development of two- and three-bed houses, including access lighting and road treatment. The project presented many challenges from the very beginning, as such the underlying farmland required validation before construction began. There were also strict architectural requirements put in place by local planners which each plot had to satisfy. As a result the properties on the site feature attractive brickwork and cladding, aluminium windows, and concrete-tiled roofs. Each building has a unique style and elevation treatments, creating an organic appearance that suits the surroundings.

The location of the site made construction trickier. The development sits in the middle of a valley prone to high winds which could harm buildings under construction. Plus, existing residential areas flank the site on three sides, limiting the ability to work freely. Diversions for works and deliveries had to be organised alongside keeping residents up to date on the progress on the site regularly.


Despite the challenges, Pacy & Wheatley were able to overcome all of the problems the project presented. For instance, complex structural solutions were used, such as grouting, to make the site suitable for residential home construction. The delivery of the project was also accelerated by working with a trusted partner to prefabricate timber home frames.

Ultimately, through clever architecture, the strict planning requirements for the development were met and exceeded. It now stands as a testament to what clever design can achieve.

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