Latimer to ramp up development programme across the North West

Latimer, part of Clarion Housing Group, has today announced that it will step up its development output in the North West after agreeing to buy a 165-home site in Sandbach, Cheshire.

The Group’s development company has this week exchanged contracts with Gladman Land on a 23 acre site, on which it plans to deliver 116 homes for private sale, 32 homes for affordable rent and 17 homes for shared ownership.

The development, which is located on Abbey Road, will have a mix of two-bedroom apartments and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. The site has a Gross Development Value of around £47m and comes with outline planning permission.

Clarion Housing Group, which comprises the UK’s largest housing association, currently owns and manages around 1,200 homes in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.  To support its development plans, the Group this May opened a new office in Kings Street, Manchester.

Andy Brown, Head of Land North for Latimer and Clarion Housing Group, said:

“We have ambitious plans to deliver 50,000 new homes over ten years across the country, with a key focus on Manchester and the surrounding areas.

“We are pleased to exchange on the Abbey Road site and we expect this development to be popular thanks its close proximity to retailers, schools and good transport links.

“Combined with our new office premises, this deal underlines our commitment to delivering much-needed new homes in the area. We are actively looking for further sites, like Abbey Road, that we can turn into housing in the short to medium term, as well as longer term strategic opportunities.”

Latimer has appointed Cheshire-based firm The Lane End Group to build the homes. Work on site is expected to begin this autumn and the development should be completed in 2021.

Richard Harrison, Managing Director of The Lane End Group, said:

“This is a great example of the unison we have forged with Clarion Housing Group and we are proud to secure this exciting scheme.  Lane End are committed to their partnership approach to business.”