Go-ahead for £75m Liverpool city region housing scheme

Developer Vistry Partnerships will start work this year on the project, which will see 235 houses and a retirement facility, after acquiring the land from Home England. Tony McDonough reports

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Vistry Partnerships will start work at Sandymoor this year


Developer Vistry Partnerships will start work this year on a £75m housing development in Liverpool city region.

Vistry has struck a deal with Government housing agency Homes England to acquire the site in Sandymoor, Runcorn. Last year it secured planning consent for the scheme that will comprise 235 houses and 100 extra-care apartments.

In April 2019, Homes England selected Vistry Partnerships as its preferred delivery partner for the Sandymoor project, as well as three other key sites across the UK.

Vistry will deliver the Sandymoor scheme with joint venture partner, Together Housing. The new homes will be split between two, three, and four-bed properties which will be available for open market sale via Vistry housebuilding arm, Linden Homes.

The 100-apartment extra care facility will be owned and managed by Halton Housing.  The retirement scheme will include one and two-bedroom properties while a bistro and multi-use room will be open to the public as well as residents.

Vistry’s managing director for the North West, Ian Hilliker, said: “The Hatters Chase development in Sandymoor will provide new homes for first-time buyers, growing families, elderly residents and will be a huge boost to the local area.”

The development also includes play areas, a bridleway, and cycling routes, and construction is due to start on site later in the year with the residential properties delivered in phases. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2024.

Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, added: “At Homes England, we’re continuing to support ambitious partners who share our aim of delivering much-needed new homes.

“While the housebuilding industry is facing a challenging time, it’s vital that we continue to work with partners to create development opportunities like this to help the sector recover.”

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