Anwyl’s Deeside Airfields development takes flight

The housebuilder has completed the acquisition of part of the former RAF Sealand site, paving the way for its redevelopment into 183 homes. 

Anwyl bought the land from Praxis for an undisclosed sum and work is due to begin in April.

The development, to be known as Summer’s Bridge and delivered in partnership with Bellway, will see a mix of one-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom detached, semi-detached and mews style homes built on the 29-acre site.   

Anwyl will develop 183 homes with Bellway building the remaining 185 at the 385-home development. Flintshire Council approved the project last December. 

The name Summers Bridge was chosen in recognition of John Summers and Sons, the founders of Shotton Steel, who helped to bring industry and prosperity to the area from the late 19th century. 

Phil Dolan, managing director for Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “We’re excited to start work at Summers Bridge following the acquisition of the land from Praxis. The development will provide the opportunity for home buyers to become part of a brand new community, close to excellent amenities and transport links. 

“It is part of a wider project that will bring new employment and leisure opportunities to the area. It is therefore fitting the development is named after the Summers family who helped transform this area into the thriving business and residential hub it is today when they opened the nearby steelworks in 1896.” 

Summers Bridge is part of a wider regeneration scheme at Deeside Airfields, which forms part of the Northern Gateway, the largest strategic development site in Flintshire. 

The 140-acre mixed-use development benefits from outline planning consent for new homes, retail, leisure and commercial units. 

Formerly RAF Sealand, the land was previously home to one of Wales’ oldest and longest-serving airfields having opened in 1916. The site closed as a Royal Air Force station in 2006

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