The Ashton Hayes-based homes have been built on former agricultural land which is classed as a rural exception site meaning that planning was only granted on the basis that it would be for 100% affordable housing, with priority given to local people.
The development comprises high quality homes for affordable rent and shared ownership. With house prices in Chester having steadily inflated over recent years, the area has a distinct need for affordable homes, which is being addressed by Equity Housing Group and the council.
The properties have been allocated in partnership with West Cheshire Homes, ensuring that the new homes go to local people in proven need of affordable housing. The allocation of the properties prioritised applicants who could evidence a local connection to the Parish of Ashton Hayes either as a current or historic resident, through a family link or through employment, ensuring the new homes were given to people with genuine ties to the community.
Collette King, Chief Executive at Equity Housing Group, said: “Estone Place is home to a beautiful development that has been great to work on. Throughout the planning and development process, Equity worked hard to establish a positive and productive relationship with both the Parish Council and Ashton Hayes Primary School, most recently working together to help Ashton Hayes Primary School build an Eco Greenhouse!
“We’re looking forward to seeing residents move into their new homes in Chester, creating a real community for these residents, and continuing developing affordable housing around the country.”
Commenting on the new development, Councillor Angela Claydon, Cabinet Member - Housing, Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “The new development is made up of truly beautiful homes and we’re pleased that they have been offered to people in the local area first. I’m not surprised that they were snapped up so quickly! We hope to continue working with Equity Housing Group in the future.”