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Lovell and HCA sign partnership for £53m 220-home Chorley scheme

Lovell has signed an agreement with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver 220 high-quality new homes near Chorley, Lancashire.

Subject to planning consent, Lovell will start construction work in late summer 2017 on a £53 million housing development at Clayton-le-Woods on land purchased from the HCA.

It will create 198 homes for open market sale and 22 affordable starter homes – some of the first to be built in the UK – in this attractive, semi-rural village location. Situated at the northern edge of Clayton-le-Woods, the development is located close to the 650-acre Cuerden Valley Park and just minutes from the M6.

The new housing for open market sale will feature a mix of 18 two-bedroom and 118 three-bedroom houses as well as 67 four-bedroom and 17 five-bedroom houses. Twenty-two of the two- and three-bedroom houses will be sold through the Government’s Starter Homes Initiative which enables eligible first-time buyers (under 40) to buy homes priced up to £250,000 at a minimum 20 per cent discount. The overall scheme, on land north of Lancaster Lane, is set for completion in 2023 with the first homes expected to be available for sale in Spring 2018.

Lovell regional managing director Nigel Yates says: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency to deliver this outstanding development of beautifully designed, much-needed homes for Lancashire.

“The Chorley location gives residents access to some stunning scenery on their doorstep while also providing superb transport connections across Lancashire and beyond. Our house styles have been designed with a variety of buyers in mind, from families to young professionals, while our starter homes will help first-time purchasers take their initial step on to the housing ladder.”

Countryside location

Traditional in style and designed and built to the highest quality standards, the new homes have been designed to complement their countryside location through a carefully landscaped setting, including pond areas and more than an acre of attractive village-green style public open space surrounded by trees.

Combined footpaths and cycle ways will be provided across the site to create safe routes for cyclists and walkers throughout the development. Lovell will also upgrade the existing public right of way through the site. The proposed development is situated less than two miles from Leyland train station.

In line with the development’s focus on sustainability, the new homes will provide excellent levels of energy efficiency. Solar panels installed on all properties will significantly reduce carbon emissions, achieving a 19 per cent improvement on current Building Regulations. Lovell, which aims to divert 97 per cent of all construction waste from landfill through its national War on Waste strategy, will recycle and re-use waste materials wherever possible.

As part of its Lovell Legacy commitment to invest in the communities where it works, the company will also deliver job and training opportunities locally.