The residential arm of Create Group has acquired the lion’s share of the Winsford Station Quarter, a residential priority area for the local authority.
The Station Quarter is in effect an urban extension, with Cheshire West & Chester Council looking to support the delivery of around 1,000 homes on former agricultural land to the south-east of the town, an area that benefits from proximity to the railway station.
Bottom Flash, an open expanse of water along the River Weaver caused by historic salt mining processes, sits to the west of the site, while the whole plan rests on a new access point from the A54.
In a development brief issued for the Winsford Station Quarter in 2016, CWAC ‘s advisor Tibbalds outlined the division of the Station Quarter into five allocations.
Of these, S1 was the largest, earmarked for 665 homes, a neighbourhood centre and 54 acres of open space by the waterside. Up to 386 homes were included in the further four plots.
The situation has since changed, with Lane End now developing Weaver Meadows, a 215-home project on Rilshaw Lane for Laurus Homes.
Place North West understands that Create’s acquisition covers all of the S1 allocation, plus what remains of the S2 and S3 plots – these accounted for 325 homes prior to the Laurus project, which could mean a potential 700 to 800 homes within the Create allocation.
Create said that the Clive Farm site deal, for an undisclosed sum, was spearheaded by recently appointed Create Homes managing director Andrew Booth along with Create Developments’ development director Tim Rackham. Sandbach-based Prosperity Land and Development was the agent for the deal.
Andrew Booth said: “Following initial positive discussions with Cheshire West & Chester Council, we will now work with them and the local community to produce more detailed proposals for the delivery of the land in order to support a high quality and sustainable new community.”
Headquartered in Blackpool, Create has been busy in recent months. Last week, the company said that its construction and development arms were teaming up to deliver a £7m extension to the Hampton by Hilton hotel delivered in its hometown in 2018, while it is also working on hotel projects near the Trafford Centre and next to Stockport’s Redrock.