The scheme House by Urban Splash proposed [pictured] will be reworked. Credit: via planning documents

Redrow picked to replace House by Urban Splash in Warrington

Almost two years after the modular firm went bust, Homes England has opted to sell 30 acres in Grappenhall to a traditional housebuilder.

Redrow plans to rework House by Urban Splash’s previously approved plans for 228 pre-fabricated homes approved by Warrington Council in 2021.

While the number of homes the housebuilder plans to deliver has not been revealed, Redrow has said it will provide a mix of one- to five-bedroom properties, with 30% designated as affordable.

Jason Newton, managing director for Redrow in the North West, said: “We are pleased to have partnered with Homes England to progress plans for high-quality new homes in this sought-after location.

“Our proposals will make a significant contribution towards meeting the area’s housing needs, including affordable homes, and delivering a great place to live with open space for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

Newton added that the homes’ energy efficiency ratings “will also be among the best on the new build market”.

The reworked scheme follows the collapse of House by Urban Splash, which Homes England appointed to deliver the project in 2020. House went bust in 2022 due to “operational issues” relating to its modular factory in Alfreton.

Some months later, Homes England restarted the search for a developer to bring the site forward, ultimately plumping for Redrow.

Simon Herring, northern development director at Homes England, said: “Homes England is delighted to be working with Redrow on the development of Grappenhall Heys phase two, a key site within Warrington.

“We are looking forward to working with Redrow to bring forward a well-designed scheme providing high-quality homes that people need. Redrow’s proposals demonstrated a vibrant and successful place that we feel residents would be proud to call home and we are excited to see these come to life.”

The Grappenhall project is part of a 49-acre scheme that secured outline permission for up to 400 houses in January 2018.

Planning permission was awarded for the first two phases of the masterplan in March 2020. Rowland Homes is in the process of delivering those initial phases.

Subject to planning approval, Redrow hopes to be on site next year.

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