Regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships has signed a deal with UK government housing agency Homes England to acquire a site in Sandymoor, Runcorn, for the development of 235 houses.

Estimated to cost £75m, the development will include 235 houses and 100 extra-care apartments on the land that received planning permission from Halton Council in 2019.

Vistry Partnerships North West managing director Ian Hilliker said: “This acquisition is great news for Vistry Partnerships and we are delighted to have acquired this site from Homes England.  

“The Hatters Chase development in Sandymoor will provide new homes for first-time buyers, growing families, elderly residents and will be a huge boost to the local area.”

Vistry Partnerships was selected as the preferred delivery partner by Homes England in April 2019 for the Sandymoor project and three other key sites across the UK.

Homes England chief land and development officer Stephen Kinsella said: “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.”

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Vistry Partnerships will also deliver a 100-apartment extra care facility for Halton Housing, with construction scheduled to complete in 2024.

In addition to one- and two-bedroom properties, the retirement scheme will include a bistro and multi-use room will be open to the public as well as residents.

In April 2020, Homes England has selected Vistry Partnerships to build more than 570 homes in the country, under six new developments.

The six developments will be across Portsmouth, Dudley, Chesterfield, Birmingham, Bridgwater and Shafton in Yorkshire.

A map showing the Runcorn site in England, UK. (Credit: Vistry Partnerships)