Bovis targets autumn start for Haslington homes

A 29-acre site in Cheshire East known as Hazel Green, with planning permission for 250 houses, has been sold to Bovis Homes for an undisclosed sum.

Vendor Richborough Estates secured outline planning consent for the plot near Crewe in August 2014, following a public inquiry after the scheme was initially refused by Cheshire East Council.

Hazel Green is a green field site, which was formerly a private residence, with garden and farmer’s fields.

Of the 250 homes consented for the site, up to 30% will be affordable, and the project will also deliver seven-acres of public open space and S106 contributions to the local transport infrastructure.

Haslington is identified within the authority’s local development plan as an area for residential growth. The Hazel Green development will provide direct access onto the Crewe Road and link new residents with the town’s schools and transport links.

Bovis said it will now work closely with the community to ensure the architectural style, materials and layout will complement the existing area. As well as a variety of homes to target a mixed market, tree-lined streets, pocket parks and enhanced wetlands and ponds will be delivered as part of the wider development.

Start on site is expected in the autumn, and the first homes are due to go on sale in spring 2017.

Paul Campbell, director at Richborough Estates, said: “Over the coming years, Cheshire East Council has identified the need for at least 27,000 new homes to meet demand. Our land sales in Cheshire East to date are in excess of 1,000 plots, which in itself is a great achievement and will positively contribute to both the new homes quota and the local economy.

“We worked in tandem with the landowner and the local authority on the proposals to ensure our scheme met with the needs of the community. To this end we have incorporated a swathe of new public open space which will form a green pedestrian corridor and cycleway around the development, with ponds and natural landscaping that will form a real amenity for both the development and the wider community in Haslington.”

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