Homes plotted for Flowers Lane

Liverpool-based housing group Torus and developer Mulbury want to build 400 homes on a site in Leighton, near Crewe, in a £69m scheme. 

Torus, which owns the land, appointed Mulbury as contractor for the 60-acre project last November. It is Torus’ single largest investment in a new housing development, according to the company. 

Under the plans, the site north-west of Crewe town centre would be redeveloped into units available on affordable rent, shared ownership and rent-to-buy options. 

The homes, a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom properties, would be accessed from a newly created road off Flowers Lane. 

A large open public space at the centre of the development will provide a park, playing fields and play areas for children. 

“Post-Covid design that fully considers the needs of residents, including access to green space, is the cornerstone of Torus’ planning and design process,” the company said. 

Chris Bowen, managing director of Torus Developments, said: “Flowers Lane is another example of our commitment to investing in Cheshire East through boosting access to truly affordable homes. 

“The coronavirus [pandemic] has shone a light on the need for high-quality housing, which is why we are actively developing a mixed-tenure site suitable for first-time buyers, downsizers and families.” 

Martin Bury, co-founder and director of Mulbury, added: “We have a longstanding relationship with Torus and this is the largest site we’ve delivered in terms of housing numbers.” 

Liverpool-based planning consultancy Satplan advised Mulbury and Torus on the application.  

Chester-based Astle Planning & Design is the architect for the scheme.

Other members of the project team include flood and drainage consultant Campbell Reith, WSP as transport consultant, and Urban Green on ecology matters. 

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