Housebuilder makes its bow with 99 new Oldham homes

A CGI of Vernon Gardens

New North West housebuilder, Kellen Homes, has been granted planning permission for its first development, on the former site of the Vernon Works mill in Royton, Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Founded in 2020, Warrington-based Kellen Homes is focused on providing mixed tenure communities utilising sustainable build methods.

The 2.26-hectare site in Oldham, now named Vernon Gardens, will bring forward 99 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, including 49 affordable homes and 50 for open market sale.

Kellen Homes has been working alongside East Didsbury-based Great Places Housing Group to establish this high quality scheme.

Construction will commence imminently, with the show homes opening in spring 2022. The first new homes will be released for sale in January 2022 with the first homeowners expected to move into their new homes in summer 2022.

Ian Kelley, chief executive at Kellen Homes, said: “We are delighted to have received planning permission for Vernon Gardens, it is a key milestone for the business and will be our first development to start on site.

“The former mill site was in need of regeneration, and we are happy to be providing much needed mix tenure homes in Royton.

“Kellen Homes is moving forward at pace, this is the first of numerous projects for the company and we are actively looking for opportunities to create new partnerships and increase the supply of new homes in the North West.”

Helen Spencer, director of development at Great Places Housing Group, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Kellen Homes at Vernon Gardens which we hope is the first of many projects we’ll deliver in partnership across the North West to provide communities with much needed affordable homes.
“Bringing brownfield sites back into use by building mixed tenure communities is a shared ambition of both organisations and the backbone of our successful partnership. Vernon Gardens is the latest in a string of projects for Great Places within Oldham, where we continue to experience high demand and need for our homes.”

Cllr Hannah Roberts, cabinet member for housing at Oldham Council, said: “Oldham Council has worked hard to deliver a Brownfield First policy as part of our determination to both deliver the homes needed by Oldham residents and to meet housing targets set by the Government.

“This redevelopment of the Vernon Works site will help us to do this, providing a mix of affordable homes and homes for sale.

“I know that homes in Royton get snapped up as soon as they come on the market, so there clearly is demand for new homes. I particularly welcome the affordable homes that will be managed by Great Places and the investment in Royton by Kellen Homes.”

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