Taylor Wimpey has started building The Orangery, part of a 338-home development on the former Robertson’s Jam Factory site in Tameside.
The housebuilder bought the 20-acre site in Droylsden in December 2019 and secured planning consent for the scheme last September.
There was existing outline consent at the site off Manchester Road for up to 350 homes, granted the previous year to Willsgrove Developments. The land has been unoccupied since the jam factory closed in 2006.
The Orangery is a consortium site between Taylor Wimpey and Bellway Homes, which will each deliver 50% of the homes.
Phase one of the scheme, to be built by Taylor Wimpey, will comprise 167 two-to-four-bedroom properties designed to provide a range of options for first-time buyers and for growing families. The styles include two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom semi-detached homes and three-and-four-bedroom detached homes.
There will also be a children’s play area and public space for the community with access to the Ashton Canal Cycleway.
As a condition of its planning consent, Taylor Wimpey is to invest £200,000 in transport infrastructure and make financial contributions towards education provision and local green space.
The Orangery will sit next to Audenshaw Park, between the A635 Ashton Old Road/Manchester Road and the Ashton Canal. Daisy Nook Country park and Dovestone Reservoir are both within a 30-minute drive.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, said: “We’ve begun construction at The Orangery and are underway with our plans to bring a brand-new community to Droylsden.
“Tameside is ideally located a short distance from Manchester, providing a leafy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It is therefore a busy location for new homes, which are in high demand.
“These houses will be ideally positioned for access to a range of local amenities, and, much as your indoor environment matters right now, outdoor space is vital too, especially since the pandemic, so it’s exciting for residents of The Orangery to have so much green space on their doorstep.”