Planning permission granted for 66 homes at former Foxfield School site in Moreton

Planning permission has been granted for a new 66-home development in Moreton from national housebuilder Lovell Partnerships working with Onward Homes.

The decision continues Lovell’s 15 years’ experience of working on several Wirral Council-owned sites in Tranmere and Rock Ferry, delivering homes on brownfield sites in Wirral and the Merseyside Region.

The project involves the redevelopment of the former Fox Field School site off Douglas Drive, which closed in 2015 when a replacement facility was built in New Hey Road in Woodchurch.

Plans consist of a mix of terraced and semi-detached two and two-and-a-half storey affordable homes with two-, three-, and four-bedrooms.

With a clear focus on affordability, Onward and Lovell have worked closely with Wirral Council to provide a mix of tenures that meet local demand. 16 new homes will be let as Rent to Buy, 34 homes will be sold via Shared Ownership and 16 homes will be made available for affordable rent through Onward.

Tahreen Shad, regional partnerships director at Lovell, said, “This is a site that has been left vacant for some time, since the school was demolished in 2018. Unlocking developments is what we do best and it is therefore a positive step forward to have secured planning and progress with this high-quality, multi-affordable tenure development.

“We are committed to helping meet housing demand in the region by providing affordable homes for local people and bringing brownfield sites back into use. We expect to start on site in April and look forward to delivering a range of sustainable design measures included in our plans, such as high performing insulation and low-energy fittings. We are also keen to prioritise a vibrant and cohesive green environment for residents.”

Stephen Heverin, Director of Growth & Regeneration at Onward Homes, said, “We are excited to be working in partnership with Lovell, delivering a wide range of new, affordable homes to meet a growing demand in this part of the Wirral.

“As well as providing more affordable rental options in the area, these modern homes will also help people in the area to access their local property ladder and put down firm roots, where they may otherwise have felt priced out of home ownership.”

This site is one of six areas designated for housing development in Moreton and Woodchurch under Wirral Council’s Emerging Local Plan.

Tahreen Shad added, “Projects such as this are a testament to the power of collaboration in supporting housing needs, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with Wirral Council and helping to unlock more sites in the region.”

This scheme follows the completion of the multi-million-pound regeneration of the former Fiveways estate in Rock Ferry, delivering 283 homes in partnership with Wirral Council and Riverside, with the final handover taking place in December 2023.

It also builds on the success of the Fountain Court development in Tranmere, consisting of 75 homes; a Market Housing Renewal site delivered in collaboration with Wirral Council.

Onward already owns or manages 1600 homes in Wirral, with more than 35,000 homes across Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Cheshire.

The housing association recently announced its first ever carbon zero homes will also be built in Wallasey at Greenleas Close, in partnership with Wirral Waters-based modular housebuilder Starship.

Lead image: Artist’s impression of the plans for homes in Moreton. Credit: Lovell Partnerships

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