Warrington scheme approved despite some local opposition

Modular housebuilding specialist House by Urban Splash has received planning approval to build 228 homes on farmland outside Warrington.

The company, set up by regeneration developer Urban Splash, will develop the Grappenhall Woods site using homes from its own modern methods of construction factory in Alfreton, in the midlands. Since 2019, House by Urban Splash has been a joint venture between Urban Splash, Homes England and Sekisui House, Japan’s largest house builder, which holds a 35% equity stake.

Of the 228 homes, 60 will be affordable and 61 will be customizable, with the number of rooms varying depending on the customer’s requirements. The plans also feature 2,800 sq m of new public green space, play areas and more than 900 new trees.

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How the  Grappenhall Woods homes are expected to look 

The scheme, which received outline permission in 2017 and final approval on Wednesday night (30) has met some public opposition. A total of 152 objections were received from residents and from two parish councils.

Concerns were raised about whether the development, which is part of the wider Grappenhall Heys development project, would be in keeping with the local area, as well as about parking, transport links and amenities.

However, Warrington Council planning committee members gave the application the green light.

A report that went before the committee said the scheme would lead to a “quality development that safeguards amenity for adjacent occupiers whilst providing a high level of amenity for future residents.”

It said the design is of a “bespoke, high quality and presents a unique opportunity to diversity choice in Warrington’s Housing offer”. It also said the homes will exceed the building regulations requirements for energy efficiency.

Andrew Johnston, head of planning at House by Urban Splash, said: “We’re really excited to be in a position to now start work on delivering this pioneering new neighbourhood at Grappenhall which we see as a new way of creating suburban homes for the 21st Century. Green-ness is at the heart of our vision here – both in terms of the amount of green space, trees and bio-diverse landscape, and in the environmental performance.”

Other House by Urban Splash projects include a 43 three-storey town house development at Northstowe, Cambridgeshire and plans to build 350 homes at Wirral Waters, Merseyside.