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Location Warrington

Client Incrementun Housing

Sector Residential

Status Complete

Area 69 New Homes

This project saw the development of a former school site is on Chatfield Drive, Birchwood, Warrington.

The scheme creates 69 new homes in a mix of Private Rented (70%) and Private Affordable rented (30%) homes. There will be 32 two and three bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses and 37 one and two bed apartments to create a diverse and sustainable community, responding to Warrington’s Housing Strategy, Local Plan, and a shortage of rentable homes within Warrington.

The proposed 3.28 acres (13,283sqm) development is for a mix of two storey family housing and three storey apartments, associated highway access, car parking and public realm space.

There is a large amount of landscape infrastructure and communal shared spaces, which has been given priority over private spaces, which have manifested as a sequence of spaces, including landscaped parking courts, green central plaza, and shared garden spaces for the apartments along the north and east boundaries.

This has created a distinctive, open plan, urban ‘Home Zone’ streetscape with high quality public realm and a strong sense of place through the scheme, with localised street landscaping, on-street parking, tree planting and communal spaces. The development retains most of the existing tree and shrub landscaping, adding new planting around the development’s perimeters.

Each new house is provided with a private and enclosed rear garden area and direct external access. Private gardens are grassed lawns, with localised feature areas of shrub and feature planting to the front and side gardens, trees to fronts and rear gardens. The development will protect existing valuable local ecology and wildlife.