Redrow plots July start on £100m Knutsford project

The housebuilder has purchased a 36-acre site in Cheshire with outline planning permission for 190 homes from The Crown Estate.

Redrow will now seek reserved matters consent for properties from its Heritage Collection, similar to homes being built in Woodford, Sandbach, Hartford and Congleton. The development off Northwich Road is set to include allotments, a community orchard, sports pitch, children’s play area and more than 15 acres of open space.

Alongside the homes, Redrow said it will fulfil an earlier pledge by The Crown Estate to fund local infrastructure, including payments to special needs education, GP services, highways improvements to the Canute Place junction, a pedestrian crossing on Northwich Road and fitness equipment for Knutsford Leisure Centre. The site will also include 30% affordable homes.

Paul Moore, Redrow’s managing director in the North West, said: “This will be an exceptional development in a near-perfect location, less than a mile from all the shops, restaurants and businesses of Knutsford town centre, within easy reach of the M6 motorway, a short drive from Tatton Park and with a good choice of schools close by. It’s set to be a real jewel in our crown.

“We will also be making a positive contribution to the community through financial contributions to local services, provision of much-needed affordable housing and creating employment opportunities for local labour including apprentices.”

Redrow’s proposed housing mix at Knutsford is 81 four and five-bedroom detached homes, 57 three-bedroom detached, 22 three-bedroom semis and 30 two-bedroom terraced properties. Among them will be 57 affordable homes for either shared ownership or rent.

Savills’ Northern development team acted on behalf of the Crown Estate on the sale.

Work to create access to the site is scheduled to start in July with homes due to be under construction by the end of the year and the first legal completions anticipated in June 2020.

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