Land sale will deliver 258 new homes for St Helens


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Land and real estate regeneration firm Harworth Group has sold a 16.2-acre parcel of land at its Moss Nook residential development site in St Helens, Merseyside, to Taylor Wimpey.

The sale represents the first phase of development and will deliver 258 new homes.

Moss Nook is a 95-acre brownfield site located just over a mile from downtown St Helens, with a planning agreement for the development of up to 900 homes.

Harworth acquired the site in 2018, after discontinuing previous development plans. It has since undertaken complex remediation works, including plugging seven old mine shafts, which were incorporated into the design of the project.

In addition to the new homes, the Moss Nook master plan includes a new secondary road with separate pedestrian and cycle lanes, providing a more direct connection to the city center, as well as new landscaping, open public spaces and sports facilities. .

In addition, all new homes on this site will be equipped with EV charging points and delivered according to a design code, to ensure high quality development and cohesion between phases.

In December 2020, Harworth received a grant from the Brownfield Land Fund of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to build the new main road and unlock the first phase of residential development at the site.

Harworth intends to deliver Moss Nook in phases over the next eight to 10 years.

Harworth Group is based in Rotherham and has offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

Andrew Blackshaw, COO at Harworth, said: “Moss Nook demonstrates Harworth’s unique abilities to clean up complex brownfields and turn them into places people want to live and work.

“The development of Moss Nook and other Harworth sites in the Northwest will contribute to our goal of accelerating sales and expanding our range of residential products, a key part of our recently announced strategy to double in size. of our business over the next five years. seven years.”

Work on the Moss Nook site

Steven Knowles, Regional Manager for the North West at Harworth, said: “This sale of residential land is the first for Harworth in the North West and firmly establishes our reputation as owner in the region.

“Taylor Wimpey has been a long-standing and valued Harworth’s partner, and delivering a high-quality product to Moss Nook will set the tone for the rest of the development. I would like to thank St Helens Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for their continued support in helping us create a new, sustainable community for St Helens.

Ian Harrison, Director of Lands and Planning at Taylor Wimpey North West, said: “We are delighted to have acquired the land from the Harworth Group for our Anderton Green development on land near Sutton Road, St Helens.

“Taylor Wimpey will deliver a high quality design program that will help deliver new homes in St Helens. The site builds on other recent land acquisitions and will further strengthen our business in the future. “