Building work has started to transform a much-maligned derelict Bridlington site into a new 26-strong housing development.
The site, on Moorfield Road, had long stood unused until a group of Bridlington friends banded together to form Green Quay Developments Ltd and put forward a proposal to build affordable, 3-bedroom homes on the land.
The proposal was approved earlier this year and construction work began. The first houses, built in the style of railway cottages in keeping with the location’s proximity to the train station, are expected to be finished by October.
Paul Walker, site manager, said: “What we are trying to do is build some attractive houses that normal people can afford.
“When you drove into town it was a manky, horrible place – it is not a great deal better as we speak but it will be. It is on a main road into Bridlington and we just want it to look nice. It is as simple as that.”
A proportion of the materials already used on site have been sourced in the town. For example the clay used to raise the level of site came from the Yorkshire Water tunneling work, and rubble used under the gardens and roads has come from the former Leisure World building.
In addition many of the construction staff employed by Green Quay are from Bridlington.
Mr Walker, who moved back to Bridlington with his wife to raise a family, said: “When we grew up in Bridlington it was a fantastic town. I came back to Bridlington before I had kids as I said I wanted them to grow up here.
“We are just a bunch of friends who said enough is enough.”
Green Quay Developments is made up of 11 directors, from a range of backgrounds including construction, finance and IT.
A number of homes have already been bought and new families will move in this year, with the remaining properties estimated to be completed over the next two years. The properties are priced at between £116,000 and £127,000.
The site was once rumoured to be a potential location for a new Lidl store.
3,300 houses have been earmarked for Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Draft Local Plan which sets out where future housing developments may take place up to 2029.