Kellen to deliver Mirrlees Fields homes
MAN Energy Solutions has selected the housebuilder to build out a 200-property development in Stockport that was recently approved at appeal.
The Mirrlees Fields scheme is Kellen Homes’ first foray into Stockport.
“We are excited to deliver a high-quality development in this sustainable location,” said Mark Calvert, land director at Kellen Homes.
The development was approved by the Planning Inspectorate earlier this week. Stockport Council’s planning committee had rejected the project against the recommendation of its officers over concerns about a loss of open space.
The planning inspector concluded that the development – which includes plans for a 43-acre park – would actually result in an increase of publicly accessible space as most of the site is fenced off at present.
Asteer Planning advised MAN on its application and throughout the appeal.
“The landowner has been working to find a solution to secure the long future of these fields for many years and allowing this appeal will secure approximately 80% of the site as publicly accessible open space,” said Alice Routledge, partner at Asteer Planning.
As well as running the rule over the open space debate, the inspector noted that the council has a “significant” lack of pipeline housing.
Routledge said the scheme, which proposes 50% affordable provision, would “make a significant contribution to Stockport’s need for market and affordable housing” and Calvert agreed.
“Stockport Council have a huge shortage of affordable housing and this site will deliver a vast offering of affordable homes for local people,” Calvert added.
“We are proud to be responsible for improving the wider open space and ensuring that this is secured for public use in perpetuity. We are keen to continue to work with Stockport Council and the local community to ensure that the site is delivered swiftly and in accordance with the outline planning permission.”
Kellen, which was established by Renaker founder Daren Whitaker, is also delivering schemes in Manchester, Salford, Bury, Rochdale, and Oldham.