Gleeson Homes bags Abbeytown consent

The housebuilder has been granted planning permission to build 39 homes off Abbey Road in the Cumbrian village.

The development, which will be known as Barley Meadows, will see the 4.57-acre plot developed into two- three- and four-bedroom semi-detached and detached houses. Purchasing mechanisms available include the Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

Construction at Barley Meadows will begin in spring 2022 with the first releases due in the summer, two showhomes expected to open in November, and the first residents taking occupancy in December 2022.

As part of the Section 106 agreement, Gleeson will be paying more than £6,000 to the parish council to improve the existing children’s play area in Abbeytown. Gleeson is providing four affordable housing plots that will be sold at 70% of their open market value specifically to first-time buyers from the local area.

Kirk Thompson, operations director at Gleeson, said: “We are thrilled to be commencing work in Abbeytown.

“We are committed to ensuring that the housing market better serves young first-time buyers and families on low to average incomes and with several buying schemes to be made available at Barley Meadows, home ownership will become a reality for many.

“We are looking forward to working with the local community and we will be employing a workforce that mainly comprises of local labour.”

Gleeson has four further live schemes within Allerdale, in Calluna Grange, Broughton Moor, The Rowans Workington and Chimes Bank Wigton, all being readied to launch in 2022.

Last month, the firm secured consent for Safari, a 178-home development in Huyton.

Headquartered in Sheffield, Gleeson has area offices serving Cumbria, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The company specialises in the starter home market, with four in every five customers being first-time buyers and three in every four being under 35.

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