Six bidders for CWAC housing land

Six housing partners have been selected by Cheshire West & Chester Council to buy surplus land from the local authority for residential development.

The housing framework, approved by members this week, includes:

  • Your Housing Group and Countryside
  • Great Places Housing Group
  • Sanctuary Housing Association
  • Magenta Living
  • Equity Housing and Seddon
  • Plus Dane Group

Eleven surplus sites were approved for sale at the same executive meeting, with the combined capacity for 500 units.

The first six of those sites, ready for immediate sale, are Sherbourne Road, Ellesmere Port; Kensington Road/Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port; former Foxfield pub, Poole Hall Road, Ellesmere Port; Leaf Lane School, Winsford; Castleleigh Centre, Northwich; and The Meadows and former Royal British Legion, Northwich.

The remaining sites agreed for disposal are: car park, Church Street, Winsford; Handley Hill School, Winsford; land at Winsford; Luton Road, Ellesmere Port; and Acorns Infant School, Ellesmere Port.

Cllr Herbert Manley, executive member for growth and innovation, said: "The framework offers the council many benefits. It allows us to avoid costly procurement procedures and to think about how we want to dispose of our sites. If a site is appropriate for development there will be consultation with local members so they have some influence into what that site should be.

"We have already agreed the disposal of a number of sites across the borough. The type of buildings will not be defined until they go to planning application but on every site there will be affordable homes.

"This framework will ensure we are getting value for money as a Council while increasing housing stock owned by other providers."

Councillor Manley told the meeting that adopting the framework would mean these sites should be completed from the end of 2015 onwards.

Council leader Cllr Mike Jones told the meeting that the minimum number of affordable homes for each site will be determined in accordance with planning policy.

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