THE final homes on the Chase Park development in Ellesmere Port have been handed over to the council by developer Vistry Partnerships.
The former Greyhound Stadium is a 10.8-acre brownfield site that had been vacant since 2014 until it was unlocked for development through a joint partnership between Vistry Partnerships and Cheshire West & Chester Council.
When the final few of the 45 “affordable” homes built for the council were handed over, they became the first social homes but in Cheshire West & Chester for more than 40 years.
The development, which is part of a £2 billion-pound regeneration of Ellesmere Port, includes 141 two-, three- and four-bedroomed mews, semi- and detached homes and apartments. The capital receipt generated from the open market homes was recycled to deliver the social housing at no additional cost to the council.
“We are delighted to have been able to work with the council to bring forward this important new development of homes for the local community of Ellesmere Port,” said Brendan Blythe, Vistry Partnerships’ managing director for the North West.
“It was an ambitious plan by a forward-thinking council which has seen the first new council homes built in the area in decades.
“Vistry Partnerships specialises in developing strong partnership to deliver places and homes and this scheme demonstrates the strength of those alliances and just what can be achieved where there is a collective will.”
Councillor Richard Beacham, cabinet member for housing, regeneration and growth, said: “The Chase Park development is part of an ambitious housing and regeneration programme that has been adopted by the council to proactively facilitate and directly deliver new homes on Council owned land.
“The former Greyhound racing stadium which formerly occupied the site closed in 2014 and the site became derelict as a result. The Chase Park development has breathed new life into the area, delivering much needed housing and crucially new high-quality local authority housing.
“Not only is the development providing affordable housing, it also supported local employment and training. More than 60% of its workforce consisted of the local workers and materials. Up to 20 local apprentices worked on the project in roles such as construction and property fit-out. The project delivered traineeships and other training opportunities to local people. This has been a very productive and rewarding scheme for the local area.”
Vistry Partnerships is part of the newly formed Vistry Group plc and was formerly Galliford Try Partnerships. The new group also takes in Bovis Homes and Linden Homes.
Main Image: Some of the new homes at Chase Park, Ellesmere Port.