Housebuilder seals deal with Homes England for 30-acre North West site

Grappenhall Heys site

North West housebuilder, Redrow, has acquired a 30-acre plot of land, for an undisclosed sum, in Grappenhall Heys, Warrington, for future construction.

Subject to planning, it is hoped that construction work can begin in 2025, with the first homes going on sale later that year.

The firm, based in Ewloe, near Chester, has exchanged contracts for the land with Homes England, following a competitive tender process.

Redrow said it will consult with the local community and key local stakeholders in the coming months, ahead of submitting a planning application.

Subject to planning consent, it is hoped the development will meet a need for family housing in the area, offering a mix of one-to-five-bedroom properties from Redrow’s contemporary Inspired range, while providing 30% affordable homes on site.

Jason Newton, managing director for Redrow (NW), said: “We are pleased to have partnered with Homes England to progress plans for high quality new homes in this sought after location.

“Our proposals will make a significant contribution towards meeting the area’s housing needs, including affordable homes, and delivering a great place to live with open space for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

“In addition, the energy-efficiency ratings on our properties will also be among the best on the new build market.”

This site has previously been granted planning consent for a scheme by another developer, but Redrow will be submitting a new planning application later this year.

Simon Herring, northern development director at Homes England, said: “We are looking forward to working with Redrow to bring forward a well designed scheme providing high quality homes that people need. Redrow’s proposals demonstrated a vibrant and successful place that we feel residents would be proud to call home and we are excited to see these come to life.”

The proposals will include new play areas, footpath networks to connect to local walking routes, open space and mature trees around its boundary.

Located close to Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden and with a primary school adjacent, the site has good connectivity into Warrington, Stockton Heath, and the North West motorway network.

All properties will feature air source heat pumps to provide heating and hot water, reducing homeowners’ energy use, plus underfloor heating to the ground floor in detached designs, and EV charging points.