Regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships has started work on 189 ‘affordable’ homes across three sites in Cheshire West and Chester after agreeing a deal with the local council.
The collaboration aims to speed up the delivery of affordable housing in the region and offer residents a broader choice in the housing market.
The partnership follows the developer’s earlier collaboration with the council over the Chase Park development in Ellesmere Port, which created the first new council homes in the borough for over 40 years.
Vistry Partnerships’ managing director for the North West Ian Hilliker said: “We are delighted to have started working on these three key residential developments.
“Once complete, there will be a broad range of housing options to meet the diverse needs of the borough, and we are thrilled our partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council allows us to bring much-needed housing to the region.”
The agreement will see 55 homes built on land at the former Acorns Primary School in Ellesmere Port; 52 homes at Rivacre Business Centre in Ellesmore Port; and 82 homes at Handley Hill in Winsford.
The three sites, named Acorns Green, Rivacre and The Weaver respectively, will feature a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes which will be available for open market sale and affordable rent.
The homes at Rivacre will be sold to a local housing association, while Vistry Partnerships’ housebuilding arm Linden Homes will oversee the sale of the open market homes. Up to 57 of the homes across the three sites – 30% – will be available for affordable rent via the council.
Vistry Partnerships says the three developments will help balance out the borough’s housing supply while creating new job opportunities in the region.
Cllr Karen Shore, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The council has been working with developers for a number of years to make sure we build the homes our borough needs.
“The start of work on these sites represents another significant step towards this goal, and we strongly believe that through private-sector partnerships we will effectively rebalance the region’s housing supply while delivering a range of houses which allows the area to thrive.”
Planning permission for the sites was granted earlier this year and construction has now begun on site. The first properties are expected to be made available for sale in 2021.