Ellesmere Port becomes a housing hotspot as the property boom continues
The Ellesmere Port housing boom continues to gather pace, between 2010 and 2020 there were 2,355 new houses, flats and apartments completed in the much sought-after west Cheshire location. Which is on track for the Local Plan target of 4,800 by 2030.
The latest figures are the culmination of a 10 year-plan by the Ellesmere Port Development Board working with Cheshire West and Chester Council, which aimed to create thousands of new jobs, attract millions of pounds worth of investment and build thousands of new homes.
Details of over 600 properties being planned were shared with the Ellesmere Port Development Board, with major developers Barratts, Redrow, Countryside, MacBryde Homes, Bellway, Persimmon, Magenta, Northstone, Sanctuary, Linden Homes and Anwyl all present in the area.
There were 81 affordable homes completed in the past year at Whitby Road, Ledsham Garden Village, Wellington Place (Cromwell Road), and Sycamore Garden Centre (Chester Road Great Sutton) offering a mixture of rented accommodation and low-cost home ownership properties. 1,128 houses are under construction with a steady stream of new planning applications. The forecast for new affordable housing in the next year sees an additional 172 homes.
This is in addition to 115 units on the Anwyl/Torus site at Rossfield Rd and 98 on Ledsham Rd phases 1-3.
Affordable homes will also be included on the following planned sites: Station Hotel (19 units), Sutton Way (16 units), former Sutton PH (17 units), Phoenix Lodge (7 units) and Abb Capacitors, Rossmore Rd (9 units).
Growth and energy are at the heart of Ellesmere Port with new housing developments, new retail investments, and thousands of new students arriving in the town centre Cheshire College South & West – Ellesmere Port campus.
There is significant investment occurring in its employment base through international companies ranging from Vauxhall, to Essar Energy and EA Technology.
Councillor Matt Bryan, Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning & Climate Emergency said: “Ellesmere Port has proved to be a magnet for new housing, the combination of growing confidence in the area, exciting new job opportunities and investments from both the public and private sectors continues to attract new developments.
“The speed at which the new houses are being bought and rented shows the developers were right and they now have a challenge to keep up with the demand. Another important factor is the mix we have between affordable and market rate properties and the range from one room to large family houses being built.
“Whilst Ellesmere Port industry is positioning to be leading the new green revolution in carbon capture and hydrogen production, it is encouraging to see the prospectus for Rossfield Park promoting properties exceeding standard energy-efficiency requirements by including technology to lower energy bills and carbon emissions plus electric vehicle charging points and other green technology.
“The Council is asking residents for their thoughts on housing as part of the consultation for the Local Plan. 37 per cent of people who have completed the poll on the website support new homes being built in their area but what standards would you like to see, or improvements made?”
Chairman of the Ellesmere Port Development Board Chris Farrow added: “Ten years ago the Development Board was charged with restoring, ‘Pride in the Port’ but we were shocked to discover that only ten new homes a year were being built. We agreed a Plan with the Council, building on the area’s assets and community spirit. Today we average 500 new homes a year. Ellesmere Port is a convenient location, with good homes at a competitive price. There is more to come.”