Developer McInerney Homes has secured planning approval for a new residential scheme located off Mill Lane in Widnes.
McInerney Homes plans to build 20 affordable homes on a previously contaminated 1.2-acre site, which is currently allocated for employment uses.
Planning approval was gained from Halton Council through property consultancy GL Hearn's newly formed land and planning team on behalf of the developer.
Shaun Taylor, planning associate director at GL Hearn, added: "This is clearly a good result for the Land and Planning Team and is the first of many such projects that we have in the pipeline. As a result of the recession, many housebuilders have a depleted in-house land buying department. By bringing potential sites to developers, that we consider to have a good planning opportunity and having identified a planning strategy at the outset, we have been able to bridge that gap and we are now working with active housebuilders on both a regional and national level."
Andy Garnett, land manager at McInerney Homes, added: "We have worked with the team at GL Hearn on several other sites across the North West and the West Midlands. They provide a comprehensive individual site finding service with expert planning advice on hand throughout the whole process. We look forward to working with the Manchester team on many other future projects."
Construction is expected to commence in early 2011 with completion scheduled for the end of next year.