We have set out an ambitious plan to deliver up to 400 new homes across the District over the next four years as part of our social housing building programme.

The home building initiative, called Bolsover Homes, forms part of our Local Plan to achieve sustainable growth and create a prosperous and flourishing district. Houses at Hill top in Shirebrook

After much scrutiny, we awarded a contract to local contractor, Robert Woodhead Limited that will see a new partnership formed to deliver the new homes. The investment will inject in the region of £32m into the local economy.

The partnership will provide a collaborative approach to plan social housing to meet local needs, in the right places with the right mix of house types for families, older people and people with additional needs.

The homes will be fit for the future, built to high sustainability standards, keeping bills low for tenants and reducing the carbon footprint of the District.

Commenting on the partnership, Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “This new partnership is one of the biggest we have undertaken to date and signals our ambition to inject new life into the economy. By investing £32million it will help provide work for local companies and jobs for local people.

“The properties will provide new, high quality affordable social housing right across Bolsover District and they will be built to the Lifetime Homes standard. This will ensure they contain features to make them easily adaptable for people with mobility issues, meaning that homes can be adapted to accommodate people’s needs instead of people having to move to an adapted property as they do now.”

The first batch of homes are currently being planned and could start on site as soon as autumn 2020 with more in the pipeline in other locations right across Bolsover District.

Robert Woodhead Limited are based just 10 miles from Bolsover. They have set a target to invest heavily in the local area by spending locally, sourcing 80% of subcontractors within 20 miles of sites. They have a strong track record in delivering high quality homes, having worked previously with us to deliver 103 homes, securing two awards along the way.

Glenn Slater, Chief Visionary Officer at Robert Woodhead Ltd said, “Its fantastic news to secure this long term programme with Bolsover District Council. They are a forward thinking Local Authority with a clear plan that has communities, the environment and the local economy at its heart. This is very much aligned with how we work.

“It's great that we can continue our relationship with Bolsover Homes for another 4 to 5 years, delivering much needed affordable homes for local people, by local people.”

Furthermore, the commitment to a programme of work will enable the contractor to deliver significant social and added value. A range of apprenticeship and training opportunities will be created. This includes a specific focus on providing opportunities for people not in education, employment or training (NEET) boosting skills and providing jobs across the District.


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Business Grants Funds: programme closure

Small Business Grant Fund/Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund/Discretionary Grant Fund

  • Grants totalling £12,907,000 have been made to 1,194 businesses premises in our district.
  • These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, restaurants and many other businesses.
  • We are in the final stages of this programme. The vast majority of eligible businesses have now claimed grants.
  • If you think that you are eligible, but have not yet been in touch with us about this, please do so as soon as possible. Please contact us on Revenues@bolsover.gov.uk
  • Given the schemes’ success, in that over 98% of eligible businesses in our district have received grants, we will be closing the Small Business Grant Fund, the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund and the Discretionary Grants Fund by Friday 14 August 2020. Allowing for any final payments to be paid by the scheme deadline of Friday 28 August 2020.


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