Rowland Homes Grappenhall Heys Phase 1
The wider 49-acre site has been allocated for 400 homes in Warrington's local plan

Rowland Homes snaps up Grappenhall Heys plot

Sarah Townsend

The developer has acquired land in Warrington with planning permission for 172 homes from government body Homes England for an undisclosed sum.

Rowland Homes was granted planning permission from Warrington Council in March to build the residential scheme at Grappenhall Heys. The development will be called Astor Grange and Rowland plans to start construction work on site in early 2021.

The land is split into two parcels totalling around 20 acres, which are accessed separately off Astor Drive and Litchfield Avenue respectively.

The planned scheme also includes open space, landscaping and footpath links to adjacent green infrastructure.

The site is located south-east of Stockton Heath and adjacent to the Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden as well as its village green and woodland.

Rowland, a privately owned housebuilder based in Lancashire, was appointed onto Homes England’s Delivery Partner Panel in 2017 and later selected as the preferred delivery partner for the first phase of development at Grappenhall Heys after submitting detailed proposals for the site.

The wider Grappenhall Heys site spans around 49 acres and has been earmarked to provide around 400 homes in Warrington’s local plan.

Jonathan Pickthall, land director at Rowland Homes, said: “This is an important acquisition for [us] and will provide further high quality housing in South Warrington for an array of purchasers.

“We have worked hard with Homes England to produce a scheme that will benefit local people and meet housing demand in a priority area in the region.

“The acquisition builds upon Rowland’s progress in recent years and furthers our track record in working with major landowners across the North West.”

JLL was the selling agent for the deal and De Pol Associates was the planning consultant for the reserved matters application approved in March.


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I’ve looked on Google maps and looked at the greenbelt land between Lichfield ave and Astor drive. I can’t believe a housing development of 172 homes is being planned for this lovely green belt land. There is lots of brownfield sites around the northwest to build on.

By Darren born bred

Look at all the emply fields. Build more houses, unless you stop immigration, including from Eire, first. House prices are unaffordable because there are too many vacant houses. 1+1 = 2. And people want to raise their children in the suburbs, not in unliveable and crime-ridden industrial towns and cities. Hardly anybody has the guts to say ‘unsayable’ and self-censored truths. If everybody won the lotto, where would they want to live, with their family, or temporary sexual partner. I think we all know where they would want to live, and where not. So let houses be build there: that is human-centric and even market-conform.

By James Yates

This is absolutely SHAMEFUL. it’s a money making decision by the council. At this moment in time we should treat our open spaces as hallowed ground.

By Madelaine Kirk

So now people like @ James Yates @ wants to build housing estates and destroy the green belt.

By Darren born bred.

The development, and the infrastructure, in this area always allowed for the construction of homes on these plots and also to the south. I do not see it as controversial. Pleased to see it coming forward.

By Tired

Just here for the comments. Love them.

This site IS NOT Green Belt, and has had a road junction leading to it with a sign from Homes England saying ” LAND RESERVED FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT” for years and years. Yet people are “shocked and outraged” when it gets built on.

It’s not an Open Space, never has been, and if you walk on there aside from the footpaths you’re trespassing. Hallowed ground it is not.

By Same Old Housebuilder Bashing

Darren, this isn’t green belt, it is allocated for housing. If you look at the aerial view, there is plenty more green fields around so it’s not like we are going to run out.

By Astor Drive resident

Judging by the main picture, this looks like green belt. What’s next all the green lovely countryside around it. There is plenty of brownfield sites. Build on them.

By Darren born bred.

172 houses on fields. Why are the council’s allowing this to go ahead. I’m got a small field facing my house in Bolton that can fit about 30 houses on it. Is that next.

By Regular northerner.

Not going to run out of fields? You are robbing the future generation of the environment, of food-growing fields how can you think that today – your day is the only thing that matters? once a virgin field has been built on it becomes contaminated with debris. No field is ‘reserved for future development’, that’s a made-up verse. No human can reserve fields which hasn’t been built on for thousands and thousands of years, as their own to build on now, for money for themselves.

By Jen

@Regular Northerner does this field you reference have decent quality road frontage? Do you also have any information about the average house price in the area and if any other developers are presently building out nearby? A precise acreage and postcode would also be required before we can confirm that the site will be next.

By Developer

Bits of croft at the end of the street that go with the street, fields, greenbelt, parks, country parks and all countryside should be protected. Housing developments should build on brownfield sites.

By Darren born bred Salford

Build build build, we need family homes everywhere. So what if it’s greenbelt, who cares.

By John

Shame on Warrington council for letting properties be built on this site destroying countryside.

By Regular northerner.

I presume you live in a yurt then Jen? Living as a wandering nomad leaving no trace of your existence!

In reality a tiny percentage of the UK is actually ‘built on’, but moaning NIMBY’s with a house already don’t like that statistic. Also, just to be absolutely clear – Green Belt, parks, Country Parks are indeed all protected. This is an allocated site for development. Brownfield sites should be built on too, but there isn’t enough of them in many areas to service the need for housing. That’s notwithstanding the fact that not everyone wants to live on a former petrol station off a main road.

By Same Old Housebuilder Bashing

Ugly, unaffordable executive homes built all over our greenbelt!

By Keeping it green