York & North Yorkshire

Sowerby and Leeming Gate homes delay after firm closes

Work has temporarily stopped on two major housing developments in North Yorkshire after a building firm went into administration.

Southdale Limited, which specialises in affordable housing, shut last month with the loss of 87 jobs.

Work has stopped on the Sowerby Gate and Leeming Gate developments while alternative contractors are found.

Developers Mulberry Homes said work was due to restart on site "very soon".

In a statement, the company said any homes that were near to completion would be delivered as per the schedule.

It said: "We have entered into discussions with the administrator and alternative contractors, and we are keeping all our future options open at the time."

The 925-home Sowerby Gate development attracted objections from residents when it was given planning permission in 2011.

Protesters said they were concerned the area's transport links could not cope with the new development.

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