Delamere regeneration scheme gets go-ahead

The Crown Estate has received final planning consent for proposals to regenerate a derelict industrial site in Delamere.


27 May 2015

Architect's impression of Delamere development

The plans will help meet local housing need, providing up to 180 homes, of which 30 per cent will be affordable homes. The consent follows an agreement with Cheshire West and Chester Council regarding local community infrastructure (s106) contributions.

Our involvement in this scheme stems from our investment strategy which centres around four key sectors; housing development within our rural and coastal portfolio, the West End, regional retail and energy and infrastructure. We actively manage our holdings and last year secured consent for 7,000 homes in five locations.

The former industrial estate, located opposite Delamere station, has been derelict for almost a decade. After considering a number of options for the brownfield site, and engaging with the local community and council, it was decided that the delivery of new market and affordable homes was the most sustainable use.

Following extensive consultation with the local community The Crown Estate’s proposals received the unanimous approval of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Strategic Planning Committee in October 2014.

This is another example of our active approach to asset management, bringing derelict brownfield land back into productive use and contributing to our continued strong performance for our business.”

Steve Melligan, Strategic Land Manager

The scheme, which is designed to blend with the local woodland setting, will reclaim over half of the former industrial site as green space for local community uses, including allotments, woodland walks, wetlands and informal play areas.

A new roundabout will be introduced on Station Road alongside highway safety improvements at the Abbey Arms and Chester Road junction as well as pedestrian safety improvements at Delamere station. A dedicated turn-around facility for school buses has also been included.

The Section 106 agreement between Cheshire West and Chester’s planning officers and The Crown Estate, will further contribute towards local primary and secondary education, the provision of gas and broadband services and to the Delamere Community Centre.

Steve Melligan, Strategic Land Manager said: “This is another example of our active approach to asset management, bringing derelict brownfield land back into productive use and contributing to our continued strong performance for our business.

“The plans reclaim half the site for green space and the local community, while delivering vital infrastructure and much needed new homes for the local area.

“We will now start the process of selecting a reputable house-builder to build out the site with funds from any sale being reinvested back into our business in-line with our investment strategy.”

The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business established by Act of Parliament and pays its profit to Treasury for the benefit of the nation’s finances.