Elan hunts for residential sites

Elan Homes has been granted planning permission to build 25 homes on the site of the former HMS Gosling in Warrington and continues its acquisition trail.

Richard Dean, land acquisition director of Elan, says: "From the 1940s the site was known as HMS Gosling and then in the 1950s as RAF Croft, but has been redundant for more than 50 years, since its closure in 1959. Redeveloping the site represents an exciting new opportunity for us and we are looking forward to starting work to provide 25 four and five-bedroom detached family homes. As the site is located within the greenbelt we've agreed to build on less than two hectares of the 8.6 acre parcel of land, leaving around 80% of the site as a protected woodland and a wildlife area."

As part of the planning consent, Elan agreed a significant contribution towards off site affordable housing and highway improvements.

Elan was advised by Andrew Piatt, head of real estate at Manchester-based law firm Gateley.

In June, the developer began work on its Thornton Cross scheme near Crosby; 13 homes, all with four-bedrooms. Elan is also planning to start on eight family houses in Woodside Court in Cranage, Cheshire in the autumn. In Mouldsworh, Cheshire, Elan plans to build 10 new homes.

Elan's Waters Edge development in Marsh Lane, Nantwich, will feature 13 homes. Work to prepare the site for development is underway and the first of the homes will be released for sale in spring/summer 2013.

In Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw, a former car sales and service centre is to be demolished to make way for 17 detached homes.

Elan is based in Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, and was formed in 2008. Dean said: "While we have several new sites soon to launch and have a number of others going through the planning process, we're actively looking for land with development potential. It could be somewhere that's currently occupied by a vacant or derelict building or a clear parcel of land in the North West, North Wales and the West Midlands. We'd like to hear from anyone with suitable land available, even if it doesn't currently have planning permission for residential development."

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