ilke secures seven-acre site in Milton Keynes to deliver 140 MMC homes

Whitehouse site in Milton Keynes.

Modular housebuilder ilke Homes has bought a seven-acre site in Milton Keynes where it plans to deliver up to 140 highly energy-efficient homes.

Subject to Reserved Matters planning approval from Milton Keynes City Council, the company plans to provide a mix of houses and apartments ranging from one to four bedrooms.

Most of the homes will be manufactured offsite at the company’s 250,000 sq ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

The site will form part of the 4,330-home Whitehouse masterplan, which is being delivered by L&Q Estates, one of the UK’s largest strategic land developers, and their development partner Milton Keynes City Council.   

This is the eighth site ilke Homes has secured in the south-east, where it has a pipeline in excess of 1,600 homes.

L&Q Estates is the master planner behind the development at Whitehouse which is expected to create hundreds of jobs, 4,300 homes, a secondary school, three primary schools, a health facility, indoor sports and other leisure facilities, and play areas. 

ilke Homes will be submitting a Reserved Matters planning application to Milton Keynes Council in April and subject to planning, anticipate starting work on site by the end of 2023. The first homes are expected to be installed from summer 2024. 

Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “ilke Homes continues to expand across the south-east, with this announcement marking our first site acquisition in Buckinghamshire.

“Our teams are excited to be working alongside L&Q Estates and some of the UK’s most well-known housebuilders as part of this fantastic consortium, which promises to deliver a well-designed community with placemaking at its heart. 

“Since launching in 2020, our land-led, turnkey offering has seen exponential growth, demonstrating the strength of our vertically integrated approach to development.” 

Adrian Clack, managing director of L&Q Estates, said: “L&Q Estates and Milton Keynes City Council have been involved in the development of this site for over 20 years, facilitating the delivery of much-needed homes, social infrastructure and facilities for the community in Whitehouse. 

“Modular housing is a really exciting advancement in building energy-efficient properties at a much faster rate and it will be fantastic to see these high-quality properties lowered into place for families to move into and start creating their dream homes. These will be the first modular homes in Whitehouse and we look forward to the first families moving into them next year.”  

ilke Homes is in talks with several organisations to acquire and forward fund ilke’s modular homes at Whitehouse.   

ilke Homes is the first modular house builder to be delivering factory-built homes at Whitehouse. An increasing number of developers and investors are choosing to deliver their schemes using offsite manufacturing, where homes are precision-engineered along production lines, due to quality, sustainability and speed.

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