£3 Million Grant unlocks new housing for Ellesmere Port

Funding for a new footbridge was previously holding up the project

(image credit: Peel / Rossfield Park website)

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded £3 million that will mean development of 233 new houses in Ellesmere Port can go ahead.

The award from the Housing Infrastructure Fund is a government capital grant programme which will help to deliver up to 100,000 new homes in England.

Local authorities were invited to bid for funding to provide the infrastructure that would enable new homes to be built in areas of greatest demand.

Some house building at Ellesmere Port’s Rossfield Park site has already been completed but later phases stalled - due, in part, to increased costs for a new bridge over the nearby railway.

The additional costs meant further redevelopment of key phases of the site became unviable.

The announcement of the £3 million grant means construction of the footbridge over the railway can now go ahead, improving pedestrian and cycle connectivity at Rossfield Park and surrounding areas in Ellesmere Port.

Now that funding for this is available, 233 new homes can also be built in the next five years as the project has once again become viable.

Cllr Angela Claydon, portfolio holder for housing, said: “This is fantastic news.

“Securing this money will provide an improved, safe access across the railway which bisects Ellesmere Port and ensures a range of new housing can be provided in the town centre to meet residents’ needs.

“The development of this long term vacant brownfield site will also boost local businesses and increase confidence and pride in the port.”

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