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The scheme involves the demolition of two industrial buildings and the creation of 205 houses and 42 apartments. Credit: via Onward Homes

Onward and Lane End to deliver 241 homes in Helsby 

Dan Whelan

The scheme, being delivered alongside developer Lane End Group, will see the redevelopment of the 17-acre former Honeywell factory. 

Slated as a 100% affordable development, the properties will be managed by housing provider Onward Homes. 

Novar ED&S, part of the Honeywell Group and the site’s former occupier, is listed as the scheme’s co-applicant. 

Novar recently relocated to a new facility at Pioneer Ellesmere Port, paving the way for the site’s redevelopment. 

The scheme involves the demolition of two industrial buildings and the creation of 205 houses and 42 apartments. 

The 205 houses break down to 88 two-bedroom homes, 109 three-bedroom houses, and eight four-bedroom homes.  

“There is a considerable shortage of affordable homes in Helsby, which means that local people can often struggle to put down roots in the area,” said Stephen Heverin, Onward Homes’ growth and development director.  

“The redevelopment of the former Honeywell’s site will transform this brownfield land into a thriving new community with quality housing and green spaces.” 

The site lies to the south-west of Helsby village between Warrington and Chester. 

The scheme has been designed in-house, with Grimster advising on planning. 

Richard Harrison, managing director of Lane End Group, said: “Lane End are delighted to be working in partnership with Onward Homes once again to bring affordable, modern, comfortable housing to Helsby. 

“We are developing the brownfield site into much-needed homes for the local community, as well as communal green spaces, which will help enhance the local area.” 

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Wouldn’t it be more accurate to describe this as being a development over the former sports centre, that the council disposed of under the guise of needing renewal? Only to build a new one in an inappropriate location down the road that causes issues for residents?

Naturally an announcement wouldn’t be complete without a developer claiming they’re working got the social affordable good!

Does Helsby have a shortage of “affordable homes” that enable people to take root? This blanket calculation approach that is used to justify development fails to match modern local migration, in which young people will consider anywhere in a 30 mile radius “staying local”.

The way our country is being run, decisions being made, isn’t making for good places to live. I bet it’s not going to make the A56 any better either!

By Jeff