The development, also known as ‘Saplings’, has seen a former brownfield site developed in partnership with QWest Homes, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and ForLiving, providing an attractive new sustainable development for the local community.
The £16.2mn project has created affordable, low-carbon two, three and four-bedroom homes. The development offers a range of stylish and well-presented homes, perfectly suited to accommodate first-time buyers, professionals, and young families. All homes feature electric vehicle charging points as standard.
In addition to the homes, the scheme has seen improvements to local highway infrastructure and includes provision of quality open space as a community focal point.
Five of Wharton Green’s homes are carbon net-zero and built to Future Homes Standard, including innovative building fabric enhancements and energy efficient technologies to reduce regulated in-use carbon by 100%. Smart Buildings Technology has also been installed to monitor the performance of the plots and verify carbon expenditure. This aims to give residents within those five properties savings of between £500 and £1000 per year on bills, depending on energy costs, the size of the home and appropriate use of its facilities.
Sustainability and modern construction methods are at the core of this scheme, with the end product providing attractive, affordable homes for local people. Over £240,000 of social value has been generated for the Winsford area by Equans throughout the scheme, including 31 employability and sector-based training sessions.
Ryan James, New Build Director at Equans, said: “It’s great to see work on Wharton Green drawing to a close, with the scheme already creating a real sense of community in Winsford. These sustainable plots are providing much-needed affordable homes, with the zero-carbon pilot plots paving the way for future schemes.”
Councillor Nathan Pardoe, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy, Regeneration & Digital Transformation at Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “The partnership between Equans, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Qwest and ForLiving has delivered quality homes in Winsford for families, with a real sense of community. I’m particularly proud of the new social housing, public open spaces and zero-carbon pilot plots. Thank you to the staff in each organisation who have made this possible.”
Ben Cummins, Managing Director at Qwest, said: “QWest is proud of not only the homes that have been built, but also the community which is beginning to form. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the staff who have worked tirelessly to make this scheme the success it is.”
Paul Gerrard, Director of ForLiving which has built 60 new homes for Shared Ownership at the site, said: “We’re really proud of the 60 Shared Ownership homes we’ve built as part of the wider community at Wharton Green.
“These high-quality homes offer families a flexible, affordable way to achieve their dream of becoming homeowners. We are looking forward to welcoming people as they move in and start a new chapter of their lives here.”
The two, three and four-bedroom homes for Shared Ownership are owned by ForHousing but will be managed by ForLiving.
Following the success of Wharton Green, Equans is currently delivering a 99-home, fully zero-carbon housing scheme also in Winsford. The ‘Phoenix’ development, named due to its previous use as ‘Phoenix Depot’, will see all homes built to Future Homes Standard.