David Wilson Somerford Masterplan

David Wilson picks up consented Cheshire site

Land promoter Richborough Estates has sold the 25-acre Black Firs Park site near Congleton to David Wilson Homes for more than £10m.

Prior to the sale, Richborough secured planning consent for 170 homes of between one and five bedrooms on the site, in mews, detached and semi-detached styles. There is also provision for green space and a commitment to retain existing boundary trees and hedgerows around the site.

Black Firs Park is a mile from Congleton town centre and forms part of the strategic allocation in Cheshire East’s emerging Local Plan. Other key projects in the area include Ainscough Strategic Land’s Somerford Green, a 59-acre mixed-use scheme that obtained planning permission in March.

Paul Campbell, joint managing director at Richborough Estates – which spent three years locked in a planning dispute with Cheshire East over a site in Crewe, resolved in May – said: “David Wilson Homes’ track record in delivery of desirable, contemporary family homes that respect the character and materials of the local area makes them an ideal choice to bring forward a new community at Black Firs Park.

“We worked hard to bring this site to the market, ensuring that we are delivering a high quality residential development opportunity in line with Cheshire East’s requirement for new homes while also remaining sympathetic to the existing historic environment.”

Jason Corner, development director at David Wilson Homes North West, said: “Having acquired a number of development sites from Richborough Estates, we are pleased to have purchased this further site from them. We look forward to delivering this collection of new homes in this desirable rural setting.”

Fisher German acted as agent for the vendor.

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