Congleton housing site changes hands

The 25-acre plot off Black Firs Lane with planning permission for up to 200 homes has been bought by Bellway from land promoter Richborough Estates.

Bellway is now set to start building a mix of two to five-bedroom houses on the site, with 35 of these to be made available for affordable tenures.

Allocated for development in Cheshire East’s Local Plan, the plot secured planning permission in 2018. Opposite, David Wilson Homes is also building a housing development of around 200 properties.

The planning approval includes a £2.4m Section 106 contribution towards the £90m Congleton Link Road, which is currently under construction, as well as supporting the delivery of a nine-acre community park. There will also be £1m for the nearby Black Firs Primary School and Congleton High School through the Section 106 agreement.

Martyn Grimes, midlands regional director at Richborough Estates, said: “This is a significant site with a great future in the hands of Bellway Homes. By working proactively with the local council and wider community I believe this site will now add huge value to Congleton through new housing, parkland, school provision and community amenity.

“Ultimately, we believe this development will make a real difference to Congleton and Cheshire East, helping the local community meet its housing targets and satisfy local housing need as well as contributing positively to the provision of local amenity and infrastructure.”

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