Widnes Foundry Lane, Cityheart, Via Dela PR
An artist's rendition of the proposed Cityheart scheme. Credit: via Dela PR

Cityheart presses on with Widnes resi

Neil Tague

A reserved matters application has been made for the first 86-home phase within the redevelopment of the Golden Triangle industrial estate.

Cityheart was appointed as Halton Council’s development partner for the whole 360-home project in February this year, following outline approval for the first phase.

The developer has worked with housing provider Torus to flesh out plans for the 100% affordable first phase. Torus will take over and manage the housing on completion.

Zerum is planner for the scheme, which is to be built out on the former Stobart and Tarmac sites off Foundry Lane, the proposed site being split into two parcels by the highway.

Corstorphine + Wright is the scheme’s designer, with Curtins advising on transport and landscaping strategy provided by DEP.

Thirty-two of the homes will come in two-bedroom apartments, within a pair of four-storey buildings. The scheme will also have 23 two-bedroom houses and 31 three-bedroom houses.

All of the homes are classed as affordable, with 28 available through shared ownership and 58 through affordable rent, including all of the apartments.

The site, around 1.5km west of Widnes town centre, is edged by Ditton Brook to the north and east and has both commercial and residential properties as neighbours.

A masterplan for the wider development is expected to be completed later this year.

Warren Taylor, director of Cityheart, said: “This is a significant milestone in facilitating the delivery of this vibrant new regeneration project in the heart of Halebank.

“This application signifies the critical next step in allowing Cityheart to commence works on site later this year in order to deliver the homes for our partner, Torus, by summer 2023.”

Halton’s executive board member for environment and urban renewal, Cllr Stef Nelson, added: “This regeneration project is vital to the future sustainability of the region and will provide much needed affordable housing.”

In late 2020, Cityheart was appointed with partner Beijing Construction Engineering Group to deliver the £170m Wigan Galeries project, while it is also working on the residential element of Stockport’s Interchange, where funding has been secured through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority,

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There will not be a blafe of grass left in Widnes at the rate the council is allowing buildings to be erected Have they never heard never mind considered the rate the Earth is warming!!

By Ann Craig

Need more Doctors , schools & Dentists to support all these new housing developments. The roads are bad enough without more new estates

By Widnes resident