Torus and Mulbury unveil plans for £69m Cheshire development

Torus Mulbury Flowers Lane, Leighton (Demo)

North West regeneration group Torus and residential developer Mulbury have joined forces to submit a planning application to build 400 new homes on a 24-hectare site in east Cheshire.

The £69 million development off Flowers Lane in Leighton, near Crewe, will be both Torus and Mulbury’s largest single investment in a new housing development.

The plans for the mixed-tenure site, first unveiled by Torus last November, feature ‘post-COVID-19’ design and a choice of homes for affordable rent, shared ownership, and rent-to-buy.

Chris Bowen, managing director of Torus Developments, said: “A landmark site for the group, Flowers Lane is another example of our commitment to investing in Cheshire East through boosting access to truly affordable homes.

“Coronavirus has shone a light on the need for high-quality housing which supports people onto or along the property ladder – without overstretching themselves financially – which is why we are actively developing a mixed-tenure site suitable for first time buyers, downsizers and families.

“Collaborating with regional and national partners, Flowers Lane will see us build the homes local people need, exactly where they need them, to support the development of a residential site that will boost and improve residents and the wider community’s health and wellbeing.”

The development will feature ‘post-COVID-19’ design offering access to green space, centred around a large public open space with a park, playing fields and play areas for children.

The homes – a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom properties – will be accessed through a new road which will be created off Flowers Lane. New pedestrian footpaths will also be built to connect the new development to surrounding areas.

Martin Bury, co-founder and director of Mulbury, added: “We have a longstanding relationship with Torus and we’re incredibly proud to be working in partnership again on this major scheme, which is the largest site we’ve delivered in terms of housing numbers.

“The Leighton scheme creates a distinctive range of family homes that will make this a special community with lots of character. The significant green infrastructure, which includes the park and the retention of trees and hedgerows, will also create a real sense of place.”

The North West planning consultancy Satplan advised Mulbury and Torus on their planning application, while the Chester-based design practice APD advised on the site’s design.

Other companies involved in the project include the flood and drainage consultant Campbell Reith, transport experts WSP, and the ecology experts Urban Green.

The site forms part of Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan for residential development. The council is expected to make a decision on Torus and Mulbury’s planning application this autumn.

Image: A plan of the Flowers Lane site in Leighton. Credit: Freshfield

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