Falconer Chester Hall has secured planning permission from Halton Council for a 35-unit affordable housing scheme in Runcorn for the over 65s for Bolton based developer and contractor Challenger Building Services.
The approval replaces an earlier consent in November 2020 for a three storey apartment development with 32 or 33 apartments. The revised scheme also provides 18 car parking spaces at the rear of the building, including three disabled and two electric vehicle spaces, together with a landscaped residents’ garden and external cycle storage unit.
The £5m scheme, designed by Falconer Chester Hall, will provide a mix of one- and two-bed affordable apartments targeting the over-65s.
Commenting on the approval, Challenger managing director Richard Hutchinson said:
“The local authority has recognised the scheme’s value in regenerating a prominent brownfield site. We will deliver more social value with this larger scheme and I am delighted with the approval.
“It’s a thoughtful and welcoming scheme, designed using the Building For Life 12 key and HAPPI principles. We are really pleased with the way in which it enhances the existing streetscape.”
Mike Gore, director of Falconer Chester Hall’s Manchester studio, said:
“The development is on a prominent corner plot and its design has been influenced by existing contextual features. We have incorporated soldier courses above the windows and balconies that offer a rhythm to the elevation, whilst a carefully considered materials palette ensures the building will complement its surroundings.”
Other consultants on the scheme include SATPLAN (planning), Mode (transport planning), DEP Landscape Architecture (landscape design), Surety Fire Solutions (fire engineers) and Philip Wright Associates (structural engineers).