Cheshire partnership to create low carbon homes

ENGIE has begun developing 138 homes in Winsford in partnership with QWest Homes, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), and ForViva.
An artist’s impression of ENGIE’s new development off Wharton Road in Winsford. Credit: ENGIE

A housing partnership is set to deliver a new £16.2 million development of 138 low carbon homes in Winsford, Cheshire.

ENGIE has begun redeveloping the brownfield site off Wharton Road in Winsford in partnership with QWest Homes, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), and the Salford-based ForViva Housing Group.

The ‘sustainable’ development, which will help the council reduce carbon emissions and bring down residents’ living costs, has been significantly supported by Homes England’s Accelerated Construction funding programme.

Peter Hayes, head of land and partnership at ENGIE, said: “The signing of this deal is the culmination of 18 months of working collaboratively with our partners to develop this innovative new, financially efficient housing delivery model, helping QWest and the council to deliver low carbon, affordable homes.

“These new homes will be a fantastic addition to Winsford, and we’re incredibly excited to get started on site and bring our expertise to the regeneration of the area.”

Alongside the 138 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, the scheme will deliver improvements to local road infrastructure and will provide open space for the community to enjoy.

All 138 homes will be energy-efficient with their own electric vehicle charging points. Customers will also have the option to upgrade their home to net zero carbon by using further renewable energy systems and integrating smart home technology.

QWest Homes is a joint venture between CWAC and ENGIE, building on the already established QWest Services which delivers several key services for CWAC.

Homes England has provided over £4 million in additional public funding for the project through its Accelerated Construction programme, which aims to increase the national supply of quality new family homes.

Ben Cummins, managing director of QWest Services and QWest Homes, said: “We’re delighted to assist CW&C in becoming one of the first Councils in the UK to develop its own self sufficient model to deliver quality affordable housing of its own, whilst at the same time helping the council to utilise its land assets more efficiently and offering local people greater quality, choice and affordability in the local housing market.”

Cllr Matt Bryan, lead member for housing on CWAC, said: “We have been working with private sector developers for a number of years now to ensure the council delivers its much-needed affordable housing in a more efficient manner.

“I am delighted we have taken this a step further with a joint venture with QWest Homes, which delivers truly sustainable mixed-tenure homes which meet the diverse housing needs of our residents and meet our climate emergency obligations.”

It is expected that the entire development of 138 homes will be complete by February 2023.

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