Developer acquires county council site for 97 new homes

The proposed building plot

Countryside, the mixed-tenure developer, has completed a land acquisition deal, for an undisclosed sum, with Lancashire County Council for a site at Ribblesdale Avenue, Accrington close to Accrington Cricket Club.

The development of 97 new properties will comprise a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, of which 50 will be marketed for private sale by Countryside and the remaining 47 will be available for private rent, through Sigma Capital’s Simple Life brand.

On completion, the properties will feature Countryside’s high standard specification including spacious open-plan living spaces, private gardens, French doors, and skylight windows. The site will also retain all existing trees and shrubbery.

The 6.2 acre site has just been granted detailed planning permission by Lancashire County Council, with an agreed Section 106 contribution of £70,000 – of which £57,000 will go towards environmental improvements to the amenity woodland located on the northern boundary of the site.

Mark Hadfield, managing director, partnerships Merseyside and Cheshire West, Countryside, said: “By partnering with Sigma Capital, we will be able to bring this development forward at pace, whilst offering two different tenure options for buyers looking to purchase their own home, and those wishing to rent a high-quality property.

“Ribblesdale Place will not only provide much needed new homes for Accrington but – perhaps more importantly during these challenging times – job opportunities and a positive, local economic impact.”

He added: “We are very much looking forward to working with the local community and introducing them to the Countryside brand and our beautiful homes.”

Countryside is now in the process of appointing contractors and plans to begin enabling works over the next few weeks.

Planning consultants Ruth Jackson Planning assisted Countryside to secure full planning permission.