A HOUSEBUILDER has launched a public consultation on plans to deliver up to 220 new energy-efficient family homes at its site at Rossfield Park, Ellesmere Port.

The area, a former industrial site, has been the subject of major regeneration spearheaded by Peel L&P over the past few years.

The area has seen more than 300 homes delivered by other major housebuilders including Persimmon and Anwyl Homes. Northstone’s plans now represent the final phase in the scheme.

The site has already been identified by the council as a sustainable location for the delivery of new homes.

In 2005, Peel L&P received outline planning permission for up to 500 new homes at Rossfield Park.

Northstone, part of Peel L&P, has since acquired the final phase of the site and is preparing a full planning application for up to 220 new homes.

Northstone’s proposals include a range of houses to suit the needs of local people, from starter homes to larger family homes as well as options for those looking to downsize.

Northstone’s strategy is to lead with a thoughtful and modern design both inside and outside with insulation levels above the current building regulations requirement, smart energy-saving technology to help residents save money on their fuel bills and industry-leading home broadband connectivity.

Pedestrian-led streets will help to reduce traffic speeds and help create a sense of community.

Northstone’s plans for Rossfield Park will complement the local environment, by retaining and enhancing the well-established Jacks Wood with a long-term management plan, improved walkways, signage and areas for exercise and relaxation.

The developer will ensure considered planting through the scheme including looking after trees and hedgerows to encourage birds, bees and insects.

A children’s play area and other pockets of green space will be created within the site, along with improved pedestrian and cycle links for the existing community.

It is anticipated that the delivery of new homes at Rossfield Park will benefit the local economy with new residents likely to lead to an increase in footfall and spending within local shops and businesses.

New employment opportunities will be created on-site during the construction phase both directly and indirectly through the supply chain.

Cheshire West and Chester Council will benefit from an increase in council tax revenue generated from the new homes, and receive a New Homes Bonus payment, which is an incentive payment from the Government to councils to support the building of homes.

Local residents are encouraged to view the plans and provide their feedback by visiting the public consultation website for the scheme: www.newhomesforellesmereport.co.uk.

Jonathan England, Northstone’s development director, said: “At Northstone, we aim to create distinctive developments, exceptional new homes and communities where families will thrive and we are applying this vision to our plans for our site at Rossfield Park.

“Before we submit our plans to the council, it is important that we work with local residents so their views can shape our proposals. We want to create homes, spaces and communities that local residents can be proud of. All feedback we receive through our public consultation will be considered and will help to inform and develop our plans prior to the submission of a planning application.”

The public consultation will run from Wednesday, August 12 to Wednesday, August 26.

Residents can provide feedback via the website or alternatively they can call the dedicated Community Information Line (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm) 0333 358 0502 or email newhomesforellesmereport@havingyoursay.co.uk.