An example of a typical Anwyl Homes development. The company will build bespoke designed properties in Heywood

ANWYL Homes Lancashire is poised to start work on its first site in Greater Manchester following the acquisition of land in Heywood.

The Chorley-based housebuilder has acquired almost 15 acres on Manchester Road East, part of the new West Hopwood community.

Detailed plans for 120 homes together with extensive open space areas have been approved by Rochdale Borough Council, with ground works expected to start immediately.

John Grime, managing director for Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “We’re very excited to have secured our first development in the Manchester City Region, which is a major advance for our business.

“Anwyl’s Lancashire region has been active for five years and, until now, our main areas of operation have been central and west Lancashire, plus parts of Merseyside. Now we are very much looking forward to introducing our thoughtfully designed family homes to the residents of Heywood.”

The Heywood site has been purchased from Russell Homes and forms part of their new West Hopwood community. The wider site will eventually comprise around 1,000 new homes, plus 1.5 million square feet of employment space, a local centre, new primary school, extensive public open space and sports pitches.

As part of its share, Anwyl will make community contributions worth almost £5.5m towards education, transport, highways, green spaces and sports pitches. This includes over £2.7 million towards the cost of the new link road,  under construction and due to complete by November 22, which will connect the West Hopwood community directly with junction 19 of the M62.

Anwyl’s development will feature three, four and five-bedroom mews, semi-detached and detached homes. There will be bespoke house designs and elevations, with features including taller windows, steeper roof pitches with slate-grey tiles, feature chimneys and brickwork, and grey doors and windows.

The first homes are due to be released for sale in spring 2023, with the first residents expected to move in during the summer.

John added: “We acquired our first site in Prescot, Merseyside, in 2017. From that standing start, we will complete around 275 new homes in this financial year and are targeted to build more than 400 new homes annually by 2024. The Heywood site is the 12th acquisition and the first within the Manchester City Region. It will be delivered over three years and make a significant contribution to that 2024 target and beyond.”

Anwyl Homes Lancashire currently employs around 60 people at its Buckshaw Village offices, near Chorley, and across sites in Barton, Longridge, Catterall, Warton and Burscough, in Lancashire; and Bowring Park, Liverpool, in Merseyside, and Winnington, Cheshire.

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