Green light for 218 energy-efficient homes
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Plans for 218 new energy-efficient homes in Ellesmere Port with improvements to part of the Mersey Forest including a new 1.5km footpath network have been approved.
Cheshire West and Chester Council gave the green light for northern-based homebuilder Northstone to bring a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes to Rossfield Park to help address local housing shortages.
Homes will suit first-time buyers, families and downsizers and a proportion will be earmarked for people with affordable housing needs.
As part of the plans, Northstone will create a new 1.5km footpath through Jack’s Wood and around the site kitted out with picnic benches, a natural play area and a wildlife pond to connect both new and existing residents to nature.
The homebuilder will also make financial contributions to improve local allotments, sports pitches, parks and recreation and put £1.1m towards improvements to the existing railway footbridge and its approach which is located adjacent the site.
Northstone’s homes are designed with energy saving features and smart household technology to reduce carbon emissions and help residents save money on their fuel bills.
They also have flexible downstairs layouts to suit residents’ living styles and hyper-fast home broadband to help support home working.
Outline planning permission for housing was granted on the former industrial site in 2005 and over the past few years, Northstone’s parent company Peel L&P has invested heavily in the regeneration of the area with the delivery of more than 570 homes in partnership with other housebuilders.
Jonathan England, Development Director at Northstone, part of Peel L&P, said: “Our plans are the final piece in the jigsaw for the regeneration of Rossfield Park which has been transformed by Peel L&P over the years into a desirable residential location that offers a mix of housing to help meet local demand.
“Our homes focus on design and sustainability while complementing the environment and providing more green spaces and footpaths and cycle routes for people to enjoy and we’re pleased to see the council approve our proposals.”
Work is expected to start on site at the end of summer with the first residents expected to move in around spring 2022.