Application submitted for £50m Halton regeneration scheme

The proposed development

Cityheart, Halton Borough Council’s appointed development partner for the proposed £50m regeneration scheme on Foundry Lane in Halebank, Widnes, has submitted a reserved matters planning application for the first phase of the development.

It will see the transformation of the former Tarmac and Stobart sites to provide 86 homes comprising two- and three-bed houses and two-bed apartments set in a high quality landscaped environment.

Cityheart has partnered with Torus as its registered provider who will take ownership and manage the new homes once completed to deliver a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership options.

Warren Taylor, director of Cityheart, said: “This is a significant milestone in facilitating the delivery of this vibrant new regeneration project in the heart of Halebank.

“This application signifies the critical next step in allowing Cityheart to commence works on site later this year in order to deliver the homes for our partner, Torus, by summer 2023.”

The council’s executive board member for the physical environment, Cllr Stef Nelson, said: “This regeneration project is vital to the future sustainability of the region and will provide much needed affordable housing, helping to build new communities and dramatically improve the area.”

Cityheart was selected as the preferred development partner by Halton Borough Council to redevelop the former industrial site in March this year.

Together with the council, Cityheart is currently working on the final masterplan for the wider redevelopment of the area, which is expected to be released later this year.

The appointed professional team for the project comprises architect Corstorphine + Wright, landscape architect DEP and the planning consultant is Zerum.