A housing association in Macclesfield has officially broken ground on a scheme to build 67 new homes on the site of a former derelict mill.
Peaks & Plains Housing Trust’s (PPHT) Crossings development will consists of a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.
The homes, which are not far from the town’s train station, will be made available under rent to buy, shared ownership and private rent once they are completed in late 2021.
The brownfield development has been named for the geography of its location; spanning the River Bollin, it sits on a crossroads where the Cheshire plains meet the foothills of the Peak District.
“Crossings is the cornerstone of our aspirations for the regeneration of Sunderland Street and the wider town centre,” said Mark Howden, PPHT’s interim chief executive, “providing residents with the perfect mix of urban amenities in a beautiful rural setting. In partnership with Homes England we are extremely proud to be able to offer such premium tenures in affordable ways to rent and own.
“As a local trust, it’s our job to recognise and respond to housing needs – both for local residents and for those looking for affordable living options. Crossings not only provides excellent commuter links to Manchester and London, but also an opportunity for high-quality living within a warm and welcoming community.”
Nick Cumberland, senior housing manager at Homes England, added: “Homes England is proud to be able to support this development, which will really help to kick-start the regeneration of a fantastic part of Macclesfield. It’s a really interesting scheme delivering a range of tenures and will give people access to high calibre accommodation in an attractive town centre location.”
In a bid to keep the supply chain local to the North West, PPHT has appointed Stockport-based contractor Rowlinson to develop the site. The company has recently completed several schemes in the Macclesfield area for a mix of private clients, registered charitable organisations and social housing providers.
“As a local business, we know how eager people are to see progress on this site,” said David Chilton, Rowlinson’s managing director. “Following the preparation and demolition, work is now starting in earnest to deliver these quality new homes. Rowlinson has a track-record in employing apprentices and using local suppliers wherever possible, making a valuable economic contribution to the communities in which we work.”
Main Image: (Left to right) Tom Williams, associate partner, CPC Project Services; Justine Gore, assistant director of homes, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust; David Chilton, managing director, Rowlinson; Mark Howden, interim chief executive, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust; Nick Cumberland, senior specialist, housing, Homes England; John Hudson, chair, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust; and Steve Weir, construction director, Rowlinson.