A consultation is being launched for a new sustainable development of single-family rental apartments, including nine fully accessible homes, at Monks Cross in York.

The proposal includes 137 new homes purposefully designed for renters which would combine best-in-class design and build with leading smart technology and outstanding customer service, bringing a new lifestyle-driven way of living to the suburbs of York. With long-term secure tenures available, the homes will respond to the need for new homes in York for keyworkers, growing families, professionals, and downsizers.

Located at Kathryn Avenue in Monks Cross, next to the York Community Stadium, this brownfield site is a well-connected location with the Park & Ride in walking distance, as well as a choice of healthcare, retail, leisure, sports facilities, and supermarkets on its doorstep. The site which would be accessed via Kathryn Avenue also includes 27 car parking spaces and 139 cycle storage spaces.

With a strong focus on ESG, the design, build and operations of the site will promote attractive and sustainable spaces to enjoy, including a programme of tree planting and green spaces, and improves biodiversity by introducing native species of planting, bird and bat boxes, bee bricks and wildflower areas. Additionally, a range of sustainability measures are being considered including rainwater harvesting, car club or E-Car club facilities, electric vehicle charging points and sustainable building methods.

Nine specialist accessibly designed apartments are included in the proposals to meet the needs of people living with disabilities.

The homes will be designed, built and operated by our sister company ‘Casa by Moda’ for the long term, giving further security of tenure for residents and allowing the platform to deliver a health and wellbeing focused way of living through a range of leading services and partnerships.

The regeneration in and around Monks Cross over the last few years has increased employment and demand for new homes nearby. The site, currently occupied by York Motorsports Village, will be closed, providing an opportunity to redevelop the area and address the housing shortage.

People can learn more about the proposals and have their say by visiting the consultation website: www.kathrynavenue-consultation.co.uk.

Our Managing Director, Richard France said: “These proposals offer a new concept to York of high-quality and accessible build-to-rent accommodation in a highly sustainable location.

“Kathryn Avenue adjoins first class amenities including retail, gym, cinema, restaurants and other leisure facilities together with an excellent Park & Ride service into the City Centre. This site is the perfect location for the Casa brand.”

Rob Gill, Director of Acquisitions at Casa by Moda said: “As a long-term operator of the homes we deliver, Casa by Moda is committed to working with the local community as we look to transform this brownfield site into much-needed modern homes for rent in York.

“Subject to planning permission, this neighbourhood will deliver a new generation of rental homes to Monks Cross, that put resident experience, health and wellbeing, sustainability and technology at their heart.”




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Caddick Developments have submitted plans for a new landmark development in Leeds, which would create a vibrant community of new homes, offices, retail, leisure and community uses, as well as extensive green public open space within the emerging South Bank neighbourhood.

The scheme aims to create a green, attractive and sustainable neighbourhood, incorporating a new linear park along Sweet Street and a large central open space on a similar scale to Park Square.

The proposed development, located just off Meadow Road to the South of the city centre, would repurpose a large brownfield site, bringing up to 1,925 new homes (around 25% of Leeds City Council’s target for new city centre provision) to address housing needs in the city and help regenerate the area.

The masterplan, designed by award winning architects, Simpson Haugh, will deliver new high quality homes, including a mix of studios, 1,2 and 3 bed apartments subject to planning approval. New office, retail, and commercial space – including around 650,000sq ft of Grade A office space – would provide an economic boost to the local community and create provision for around 4,000 new jobs once complete, whilst supporting around 10,000 during construction. The overall scheme would help to bridge different parts of the city in the emerging South Bank district.

The brownfield site, which is located near to Meadow Road, Sweet Street and Jack Lane, was previously used as a surface car park, but plans set out a vision to create a vibrant community, which further extends the city centre, and helps to improve connections with Holbeck. The development will showcase as its centrepiece a curated green space, with different parts of the development planted with native trees and shrubbery, to provide residents and members of the public with significant outdoor space to relax and socialise.

Caddick Developments Managing Director, Myles Hartley said:

“Our proposals for this site are incredibly exciting as we look to create a new community, significantly boosting housing provision within the expanding city centre. The development is designed to meet the highest environmental standards and our architects have worked to ensure that green, sustainable, open space plays a vital role in the overall plan for the area.

“We have worked closely with local partners and consulted with the community to create plans for a development everyone can be proud of. Leeds is our home city and we’re excited to be bringing forward proposals signalling a new chapter for this part of the South Bank.”


Plans have been put forward to Leeds City Council setting out the principle and outline plans for the development. If successful, this will be followed up by a more detailed ‘reserved matters’ application, to agree specifics. The development will comprise of around ten feature buildings, interwoven with new amenities and extensive green open spaces and landscaping accounting for around 50% of the overall site.

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We have had plans approved for our major employment hub in Lancashire, set to create more than 1,000 jobs.

The first phase of the development at Farington Park, situated in Leyland with direct links to M6, M65 and M61, will be a single unit of 544,000 sq ft.

It is expected to generate 600 jobs during construction and more than 1,000 jobs for the area once operational, signalling major new investment.

A range of environmental initiatives are also being progressed as a part of the scheme. These include an eight-acre recreational area, the naturalisation of a previously culverted river, planting of more than 500 trees and ecological improvements designed to assist in flood alleviation plans for the wider region.

The scheme includes extensive landscaping and community improvement initiatives, including the implementation of a new cycleway forming part of the Leyland Loop. This will be upgraded to form a link between the nearby wider employment sites, as well as the residential communities across the River Lostock.

Steve Widdowson, head of Caddick Developments in the North West, said: “The scale of new jobs in the area created by the scheme – both during construction and operation – will be a huge benefit to the local economy, whilst addressing the acute requirement for industrial and logistics space in the North West.

“This BREEAM Excellent project will return brownfield land to use, providing jobs and environmental improvements for the area. We look forward to continuing our work with local partners to bring the scheme forward.”

The agents for the project are Rob Taylor at Cushman & Wakefield, and Sam Royle at Knight Frank.

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Caddick Construction, on behalf of Caddick Group and AAA Property Group, has completed 180,000 sq ft of commercial space at Moor Park 25, Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

The second phase of this industrial and logistics development includes five new buildings ranging from 19,000-59,000 sq ft.

The development at Moor Park 25, located in close proximity to Junction 25 of the M62, started in 2019. Phase 1 completed in 2020 and was immediately let to Incora, the aeronautics supply chain specialist. Caddick Developments subsequently ‘forward sold’ this next phase of five units to AAA Property Group, which also purchased the Phase 1 building as part of its expansion into the industrial and logistics sector.

Identified as one of 10 Enterprise Zones across Leeds City Region, it is set to inject a cash boost of up to £12.5million to the local economy. All five new units are in advanced negotiations.

Caddick Construction, with support from KPP Architects, was retained for both phases and worked alongside structural and engineering consultancy Dudleys, engaged specifically to support Phase 2.

Chris Wilson, Commercial Development Director, Caddick Construction said: It’s great to see such demand for the units resulting it being fully let well before completion. The quality of the build, its facilities and prime connectivity to the M62 corridor are all particularly sought after in the north, in a very competitive market.”

Myles Hartley, Managing Director, Caddick Development said: “With demand for light industrial and logistics floorspace continuing to grow a-pace, we’re delighted to be delivering what growing local and regional businesses want. It’s great seeing the project come to completion, and we look forward to the benefits it will bring to the region’s economy and growth.”

Anil Chima, Director, AAA Property Group added: “We are delighted to have been able to work with fellow Yorkshire-based Caddick, and be able to bring forward a scheme that will contribute so positively to the local areas – particularly in light of the need for Covid-19 economic recovery. The investment into the project will provide many jobs as well as provide much-needed industrial space in the region.”

The project has involved working closely with both Kirklees Council, and the Leeds City Region (LEP) in their role overseeing key strategic enterprise zones. Joint agents on the project are Avison Young and Dove Haigh Philips.

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Dragons – Allam Sport Centre, Hull, England – Leeds Rhinos celebrate winning the Betfred Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final

Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair won the Betfred Challenge Cup for the third time in row after a fierce battle against French champions Catalans Dragons at the Allam Sport Centre in Hull.

Rhinos Player-Coach James Simpson inspired his team to a sensational 48-34 victory with a hat-trick, but the French side proved a tough test for the holders and led twice in the Final. After Simpson got the scoring underway, the Dragons hit back with a try from Hiverant and then England international Bechara and Vargas added a try each to put their team in front 16-4 inside the opening quarter.

Two tries from Player of the Match and England captain Tom Halliwell put Leeds right back in it and the ever impressive Nathan Collins added three conversions and two penalties to edge the Rhinos in front 20-16 at the break.

Welsh international Jodie Boyd-Ward pushed the Rhinos further ahead with the opening try of the second half but Catalans struck again with Bourson scoring soon after. Simpson settled the nerves with his second try, but Clausel and Soursez put the Dragons ahead.

Following a sustained period of pressure on the Catalans try line, Simpson showed his class again to pull one back for Leeds and then Nathan Collins and Josh Butler added further tries apiece to secure a memorable win for the Rhinos.

There were emotional scenes at the full time, with the magnitude of winning their third Challenge Cup in a row- against arguably their toughest opponents yet- not lost on any of the players or coaches.

Speaking after the game, Leeds Rhinos player-coach James Simpson told BBC Sport: “I thought it was brilliant and an amazing standard from both teams. Two quality sides came down to fight. I said to our guys before, if you can look in the mirror tonight and know you’ve given it everything then well done, you’ve won.

“It shows in the performance now that everyone laid it out on the line. I genuinely think we did the impossible.”

“Half of that team are internationals and we had a gameplan, we stuck to it, put momentum on them when we had to and I feel like we did the impossible. We put a massive marker down. If that’s the marker we can put down today, we’ve got to keep doing that.”

Come and Try Wheelchair Rugby League!

Have you enjoyed watching the Wheelchair Rugby League on TV? Fancy a new challenge? Then why not come give it a try with us in July!

Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair are running social sessions every Wednesday in July from 7pm-7:45pm at Leeds Beckett University for anyone who fancies giving Wheelchair Rugby a try! Rhinos captain James Simpson will be on hand to teach you the basics and show you how to play this incredible sport!

Best of all, it’s fully inclusive and absolutely ANYONE can play- these sessions are open to men, women or children, whether you are disabled and non-disabled, and all equipment will be provided!

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact ed.bates@leedsrhinosfoundation.org.


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Sigma Capital Development Director joins single-family rental business to drive delivery of next generation rental homes across the UK

Casa by Moda, the single-family homes platform operated by developer operator Moda Living, has welcomed a trio of new hires including a new Director, as the brand continues to blaze a trail in the UK’s fastest-growing residential market.

Matthew Townson joins the business as Director of Development and Projects with more than 30 years of industry experience and after 16 years at urban regeneration specialist Sigma Capital Group, where he was most recently its Development Director overseeing the identification and delivery of PRS homes across the UK.

In his new role at Casa by Moda, Matthew will be responsible for the delivery of next generation homes for rent across the UK. Reporting to chief executive Johnny Caddick, he will oversee the land management teams along with the planning and delivery of Casa’s pipeline of 5,000 new rental homes worth in excess of £1bn. Featuring a mix of one- to four-bedroom homes in predominantly suburban locations, Casa neighbourhoods are designed to meet the outstanding demand for quality, accessibly priced homes for rent.

Casa has also welcomed Peter Crabbe as a Technical Manager and Tim Mather as a Senior Land Manager.

Peter joins Casa by Moda from Keepmoat Homes with more than 21 years of industry experience, including more than a decade with housebuilder Linden Homes. Drawing on his experience technical and viability reporting, he will be responsible for bringing new sites forward from pre-acquisition to the beginning of construction.

A chartered surveyor of more than 16 years, Tim joins the business from Knight Frank having previously held roles at Allsop and Cortland Group. As part of Casa’s Land and Development team, he will work with land owners, developers and development partners on forward funding and acquisition opportunities across the UK.

The trio of new starters bring the total number of Casa employees that have joined the business since the beginning of 2022 to 13 as the brand gears up to deliver its pipeline of homes with the backing of leading global institutional capital.

Casa by Moda was launched at the end of 2021 and has been growing steadily since, as the business gears up to start construction of its first sites in Yorkshire and the North West.

Leveraging best-in-class resident service, brand partnerships and the latest in smart technology and renewable energy, the platform will provide residents with an exceptional living experience designed around health, wellbeing and community.

With long-term renewable leases of up to three-years in length available and no upfront deposits, Casa by Moda will provide security of tenure on long-term renewable leases at stable price points, giving residents stability and control in their

The technology-enabled neighbourhoods will connect residents to their communities through a bespoke app, enabling them to manage their lifestyle through technology, from logging maintenance issues to organising a resident book club.

All homes will also be fitted with smart technology sensors which monitor the energy consumption and sustainability performance of the buildings. By accessing this real-time data through the MyModa app, residents will be able to keep track of their utility costs and will receive bespoke tips and tricks on making small behavioural changes to keep spending down. The technology also provides live insights on carbon consumption, enabling Casa and its residents to monitor sustainable performance of the buildings. Residents will also be able to see real-time anonymous data on their sustainability ranking in the neighbourhoods, generating opportunities for gamifying sustainable behaviours.

Casa by Moda neighbourhoods deliver much needed and price accessible housing across the UK, which has a chronic shortage of quality, professionally managed homes for rent at a time when more and more people are renting for longer in the country. Almost 20% of all homes in the UK are rented, with that number set to increase to up to 23% by 2025. Casa by Moda neighbourhoods address the growing need for modern homes for rent to suit all ages and requirements across the UK.


All Casa by Moda activity, from development to long-term operation, is guided by Moda Living’s cross-platform ESG Strategy. Designed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the programme includes a roadmap to net zero carbon operations and sets out targets and standards across the business’s environmental, social and governance operations.

Casa by Moda Chief Executive Johnny Caddick said: “The Casa by Moda family continues to grow at pace as we gear up to meet the outstanding demand for quality, resident experience-led homes for rent across the UK. I’m excited to welcome Matthew, Peter and Tim to the business. They bring a wealth of experience to our already outstanding team and I look forward to working with them as we shape the future of the UK’s single family homes market.”

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