Homes England contracts Vistry Partnerships to develop more than 900 homes across two schemes
Homes England has completed the sale of two sites to developer Vistry Partnerships which will see 935 homes be built.
At the Sandymoor site in Halton, the government’s housing agency has agreed a deal with Vistry Partnerships to develop 11 hectares of land for delivery of 335 homes. The development will provide a range of housing types, including two, three and four-bedroom houses for market sale and affordable homes in a 100- apartment extra care scheme, to be delivered in partnership with Halton Housing Trust.
As well as using its land capabilities to bring the site forward for development, the agency also flexed its investment muscles and utilised a grant from the Affordable Housing programme to support the delivery of affordable housing in excess of what is required by the planning authority.
Working in partnership with Halton Borough Council, Homes England is acting as master developer for the wider 50-hectare Sandymoor site which has capacity for up to 1,500 homes. The agency has invested in infrastructure to bring the site forward for development in phases, and land parcels with capacity for more than 550 homes have previously been sold to Morris Homes, Barratt David Wilson and Bloor Homes. Alongside the new homes, the site already accommodates a brand-new secondary school and work is anticipated to start next year on the development of a new local centre to meet the needs of residents.
Homes England is now working to secure planning permission for the southern phases of Sandymoor and Wharford Farm, to bring forward further new homes.
In another recent deal with Vistry Partnerships, 600 homes will be built at the former Lea Castle hospital site near Kidderminster. Detailed planning consent has been secured for the 49-hectare site and the agency is again acting as master developer, working in partnership with Wyre Forest District Council.
The scheme will be delivered by Lea Castle JV LLP, a joint venture between Vistry and Citizen Housing and will consist of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes in a range of tenures. This scheme will also deliver affordable housing in excess of what is required by the local planning authority.
As part of Homes England’s commitment to placemaking, the agency is promoting adjacent land for employment opportunities, such as a community hub, flexible office space and a café and shop. The planning application is supported by landscape proposals which include open spaces, play areas, habitat creation and a woodland management plan.
Stephen Kinsella, Chief Land and Development Officer at Homes England, said:
“These deals demonstrate that Homes England remains very much open for business, supporting ambitious partners who share our aim of delivering much-needed new homes.
“By acting as master developer, we’re creating great places for people to live and work, and at both schemes we’re delivering more affordable homes than were required. While the housebuilding industry is facing a challenging time, it’s vital that we continue to work with partners to create development opportunities like this to help the sector recover.”
Stephen Teagle, Vistry Partnerships CEO, commented:
“We are very pleased to once again be working in partnership with Homes England to transform these two important sites. These vital developments will provide a range of new affordable homes, enhance the existing landscape and boost economic growth. They also increase the number of homes that we are currently delivering on Homes England’s sites to over 3,000, exemplifying our reputation as a leading partnerships organisation
“Vistry Partnerships is absolutely committed to delivering quality homes to help support the UK economy as we begin our recovery and we already have more than 5000 people working safely on 74 contracting sites and 34 mixed tenure sites across the UK.”