ANWYL Homes Lancashire’s first development – in Prescot, Merseyside – is coming to a close and the demand for new homes means it’s almost sold out a year ahead of schedule.

Only six houses remain for sale at the 119-property Carr’s Rise, which forms part of the wider Prescot Park development of 750 homes and open space.

It was the first project to be launched by Anwyl’s Lancashire business, which operates in Lancashire and parts of Merseyside, and its completion is a major milestone.

The company is now keen to buy more land locally as it continues its expansion into new geographic territory.

Formerly the Prysmian Cable Factory, the nine-acre site on Carr Lane, Prescot, was acquired by the housebuilder in 2017.

Since then, Anwyl Homes Lancashire has gone on to launch developments at Bowring Park, Liverpool and St Helens, in Merseyside, and at Fulwood and Longridge in the company’s Lancashire heartland.

It has also begun building at Barton, just north of Preston, where homes are due to go on sale in mid-October; and is due to start work on the first of 267 new homes in Burscough, West Lancashire.  More recently it has secured reserved matters consent for 124 homes in Winnington, Cheshire, as phase one of a larger scheme.

Regional headquarters have been opened at Buckshaw Village, Chorley, and the business now directly employs around 40 people, as well as providing work for dozens of contractors on site and people within the supply chain.

But Carr’s Rise, in Prescot, is where it all began.

Anwyl Homes Lancashire managing director John Grime says: “We acquired the site in 2017 from Prescot Business Park and began work early the following year, opening show homes in July 2018. At that point we were forecasting final delivery within four years.

“Now, with just six homes left to sell, we expect to make the final legal completion by June 2021, which means that despite the disruption of Covid we will finish this development more quickly than originally planned. That’s largely due to the excellent demand we’ve enjoyed for our new homes in this great location.”

Carr’s Rise success has been helped by some of the major improvements taking place in the Prescot area. Work has started on the Shakespeare North Playhouse that’s due to open in 2022, Knowsley Council has secured funding to restore and renovate historic buildings in the town centre and several new bars and restaurants have opened locally, including a Shakespeare inspired micro-brewery.

“Combined with easy access to Liverpool and Wigan by rail and Manchester and Warrington by road, plus amenities nearby such as the Cables Retail Park, which includes Tesco, Next, Boots and M&S Food, it’s easy to see why Prescot has really taken off as a place to live,” John adds.

Such has been Anwyl’s success in Prescot, John says they’re now keen to acquire more housing sites locally: “We’re already building in St Helens and at Bowring Park, Liverpool, so, although it says Lancashire over the door, this part of Merseyside is very much our patch too – and we’d be delighted to have more opportunities in the area.

“Locally, people have really taken to the Anwyl brand, which combines thoughtfully designed homes and a quality specification with the friendly feel and personal touches that a fourth generation family firm can offer.”

The remaining homes at Carr’s Rise include three-bedroom semis and four-bedroom detached houses with prices from £187,995. Three fully furnished show homes can be viewed by appointment, call 0151 559 2737 or visit: www.anwyl.co.uk/carrs-rise