Breck Sutton St Helens
The site sites opposite the former Ibstock brickworks

St Helens to consider Breck’s affordable homes plan

Dan Whelan

The developer’s residential arm has submitted an application to build 81 homes on land between the B5419 and Clock Face Road in Sutton Heath. 

Breck Homes bought the seven-acre site, south of St Helens town centre, from Searchdash Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Subject to the approval of plans, the homes will be available for shared ownership and affordable rent and are to be managed by Progress Housing Group. 

Breck’s proposals also include an area of public open space alongside Pendlebury Brook, which runs through the site.

Mosaic Town Planning is the planning consultant for the project. 

A former quarry, the site is located opposite Ibstock Brick Roughdales, the brickworks that closed in 2009. 

Backhouse Developments won outline approval to redevelop the former brickworks into 250 homes in 2016. The site has been remediated but construction has not started. 

Breck director Andy Garnett said: “It a great site to be moving forward. Its location is prominent and sustainable in terms of links across the North West. The site continues our growth across the region and is one of five live projects we are working on, which totals over 450 units.” 

Leon Armstrong, director of Mosaic Town Planning, said: “The proposals seek to remediate previously developed land in a sustainable location. The provision of 81 affordable homes also goes some way to addressing the local shortfall of delivery.” 

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There should be mixed priced homes, not just affordable, it’s better to have people from all different social back grounds to learn from each other instead of stereotyping one area.

By Brian