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Open Door and Halton Housing have secured planning permission for the development of 118 new homes in Widnes, Cheshire. The mixed tenure scheme will see the regeneration of a 7.2-acre former industrial site in Tan House Lane area.
Work on the development is expected to begin in March 2018, with the initial demolition and remediation of the site being followed by a 3.5-year construction programme. The first homes are expected to be completed on this development in early 2019.
The new project represents an investment of £14million by Open Door, Halton Housing and Russell Homes, and will provide 16 homes for Shared Ownership, 15 Rent to Buy, 18 homes for private rent and 20 for open market sale. The remaining 49 homes will be sold by Russell Homes.
The first phase of the 185-home Tan House Lane housing scheme began in early 2015 and has seen the handover of 133 properties to Halton Housing for affordable rent, with another 10 shared ownership houses still under construction. Russell Homes sold the remaining 42 on the open market.
Nicky Harris, development manager for Halton Housing, also welcomed the planning decision. She said:
“We are investing heavily in building new homes for the people of Halton to help meet the current high demand, and I’m pleased this latest scheme now has the green light. This project will also allow us to continue the important work of regenerating these derelict industrial sites, totally transforming the area into an attractive and aspirational new residential community.”
Daniel Kershaw, director of Russell Homes, is pleased the planning committee recognised the merits of the scheme. He said:
‘Together these two developments provide just over 300 much needed new homes for Halton, improving both the rental housing stock available, and giving many people the opportunity to buy for the very first time. Indeed 79 per cent of those who have already bought at Bower Brook Gardens were first time buyers and most made use of the government’s Help to Buy scheme.’
‘Working together with Halton Housing has allowed us to bring vacant sites back into use in the best way possible; creating good quality homes for local people. The homes we deliver for Halton Housing are of the same high standard as the private properties, and we believe this is an important element in creating a cohesive and sustainable community.’
The planning application was approved unanimously by Halton Borough Council’s planning committee.
To find out more about Open Door’s new build development programme, click here.
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