Cheshire West and Chester Council to build 737 new homes

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Cheshire West and Chester Council have planned to build 737 new homes across six sites in the Borough to meet local housing needs, including affordable homes

The properties will be build to meet local housing needs and at least 30% will be affordable homes. The houses will be built for sale, for affordable rent, for shared ownership and some will also be for private rent too. 

The sites to be developed include:

  • The former Acorns Primary School and Rivacre business centre in Ellesmere Port
  • The former Handley Hill School in Winsford
  • Wharton Green in Winsford, which is identified in the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan for residential development
  • A small site in Lache, Chester
  • Land to the rear of Verdin Exchange in Winsford

Following a grant funding offer last year from Homes England, the council has now received £14,677,800 to meet local housing needs and speed up the building of 737 new homes across six sites.

The funding is from the government’s £350m Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme and it will help meet local housing needs. It was launched to help unlock public land and increase the speed of delivery on local authority housing schemes.

Councillor Richard Beacham, cabinet member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “There is a national housing crisis and this grant funding means that we can bring forward these plans to deal with some of the pressures we are experiencing locally.

“This Council already has a very successful Housing Delivery programme, so any additional funding from Homes England is welcomed because it will keep us at the forefront of residential development in the borough for the next five years.” 

Cheshire West and Chester Council is one of six authorities announced this week to receive a funding deal, which will meet local housing needs and speed up the construction of over 2,000 homes across the country. 

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