Housebuilder seals first site in North West for £32m development

CGI of proposed Great Eccleston homes

Housebuilder Avant Homes North West has secured its first mixed-use development site in the region after exchanging contracts on 20-acres of land on Garstang Road in Great Eccleston.

The Derbyshire-based group said that, subject to planning, it will build 115 energy-efficient homes which will have a gross development value of £32m.

Called Oakview Quarter, the mixed-use development will also benefit from a new primary school, medical centre and community centre as well as commercial and retail space.

Work on site is anticipated to start in April and the development will comprise a mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes which will appeal to a wide range of customers at different price points.

Avant Homes acquired the site from Duchy Homes for an undisclosed sum with the benefit of a reserved matters planning permission and intends to submit a plot substitution application for its house types in March.

Operating from its North West office in Eccles, Salford, the company is considering further development opportunities within Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Regional chairman, Mark Cook, said: “The North West presents us a with a great deal of opportunity to further implement our multi-tenure expansion strategy, so we are very pleased to have secured our first site in the region.

“Great Eccleston is an ideal location for us to deliver our inaugural North West mixed-use development. Oakview Quarter will allow us to showcase our range of attractive quality new homes, at a variety of price points, in an area that our customers want to live.”

The group currently operates across the North of England, Midlands and Scotland from nine regional operating businesses.

At present, Avant Homes Group employs more than 600 people. Its ambition is to grow its multi-tenure business further across its existing regions and beyond, creating communities as well as providing employment opportunities.

The group is also committed to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities in line with its vision to construct and sell ‘quality homes, for everyone’.

It recently announced the sale of 306 new homes across eight developments to private rented housing provider, Sigma Capital Group, for more than £59.5m.

For the year ended June 30, 2023, the Avant Homes Group delivered 1,766 completions.

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