The proposals supersede an earlier scheme by Ascena Developments. Credit: via planning documents

Kellen picks up £80m Manchester resi opportunity

The developer, owned by Renaker founder Daren Whitaker, is planning to build 272 homes on the 13-acre Olympic Freight depot on Bennett Street in West Gorton. 

Kellen Homes has lodged a planning application to redevelop the site, following the withdrawal of an earlier and larger scheme drawn up by Sheffield-based Ascena Developments. 

Ascena had reached an agreement with the landowners to build 337 homes on the site but that is no longer in place, Place North West understands. 

In May 2020, Ascena lodged plans for the scheme but Manchester City Council did not determine them. 

Kellen’s proposals for the site, designed by its in-house design team, feature 172 houses and 100 apartments. 

The development has a gross development value of £80m, according to a viability report by Northern Land Agency. 

The site will require “significant remediation”, impacting the scheme’s viability, the report states. As a result, no affordable housing is proposed. 

Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant for the project. 

Elsewhere, Kellen recently won approval for a 168-home project on Seaford Road in Salford. Like at Bennett Street, the developer aims to build a mix of houses and apartments at the former British Vita Site near Peel Park. 

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