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A total of 115 homes are planned. Credit: via Brand8

Avant secures site for £32m project

Lancashire will see the housebuilder’s maiden development in the region, after contracts were exchanged with Duchy Homes for 20 acres off Garstang Road in Great Eccleston.

Subject to a minor planning amendment, Avant Homes will build 115 homes in a scheme with a gross development value of £32m.

Named Oakview Quarter, the housebuilder’s mixed-use development will also benefit from a new primary school, medical centre and community centre as well as commercial and retail space.

Avant Homes acquired the site for an undisclosed sum with the benefit of a reserved matters planning permission and intends to submit a plot substitution application for its house types in March.

Work is expected to start in April and the development will comprise a mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes.

Operating from its North West office in Eccles, the company is considering further development opportunities within Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Avant Homes regional chairman, Mark Cook, said: “The North West presents us a with a great deal of opportunity to further implement our multi-tenure expansion strategy, so we are very pleased to have secured our first site in the region.

“Great Eccleston is an ideal location for us to deliver our inaugural North West mixed-use development. Oakview Quarter will allow us to showcase our range of attractive quality new homes, at a variety of price points, in an area that our customers want to live.

“We anticipate being able to start building our homes in April and contributing directly to the continued creation of a new and thriving community within Great Eccleston.”

The Avant Homes group currently operates across the North of England, Midlands and Scotland from nine regional operating businesses. The 600-employee company delivers house types ideal for the private, rented and affordable sectors.

One of its current projects is an 83-home proposal in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

In November, Avant announced the sale of 306 new homes across eight developments to PRS provider Sigma Capital Group for £59.5m.

For the year ended 30 June 2023, the group delivered 1,766 completions.

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