Urban Splash Grappenhall
The prefab homes would be the final phase of a Homes England development

Warrington modular homes back in spotlight

Sarah Townsend

Urban Splash aims to build 228 of its trademark prefabricated units at Grappenhall Heys, a scheme tipped for approval next week alongside a 70-bed care home by New Care nearby.

The developer’s House by Urban Splash division submitted a detailed planning application earlier this year to bring its off-site manufactured modular units to Warrington for the first time, as the final phase of Homes England’s 1,000 home Grappenhall Heys residential scheme.

The 228 units already have outline planning consent and Warrington Council is recommended to grant detailed consent to the scheme at a planning committee meeting next Wednesday.

The homes would be built using modern methods of construction, and House by Urban Splash intends to introduce new typologies to meet local market need as well as existing models from its core range of House designs.

In addition to the homes, there is a central copse proposed that would run through the neighbourhood, providing 30,000 sq ft of green space and play areas.

The project team comprises masterplanner Feilden Clegg Bradley, architect Shedkm, landscape architect Planit-IE, multidisciplinary firm Ramboll, transport advisor SK Transport and Avison Young as planning consultant.

At the same meeting, a scheme that would involve the demolition and replacement of the Springbrook pub in Grappenhall with a three-storey, 70-bed care facility, car parking and landscaping. The 1.2-acre site sits on the junction of Knutsford Road and Stockport Road.

Under the proposals, care home developer New Care, part of Altrincham-based McGoff Group, would construct three distinct blocks connected by glazed-fronted and flat-roofed linked elements, according to the planning documents.

While access to the site would remain the same, the existing car park would be reduced in size to accommodate 30 vehicles, including three mobility spaces and an ambulance drop-off zone.

The plans have been amended since they were first lodged, with changes including reconfiguration of the proposed balcony area, additional provision of internal ventilation systems and minor changes to the external appearance of the building.

Garner Town Planning is New Care’s planning consultant and CSquared Architects designed the scheme. It is recommended for full consent at next week’s meeting.

New Care Care Home In Grappenhall CCsquaredArchitects

New Care’s facility would involve the demolition of the Springbrook pub

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