Ellison Fold Way Development – Planning Permission Granted

Lea Hough has represented a private landowner in the sale of 44 acres of land in Darwen, paving the way for 343 new homes. Lea Hough’s Land and Development team has been advising the majority owner of the site, which is situated near Roman Road and known as ‘Bailey’s Field’, throughout the negotiation process.

The plot of land was taken to market, with McDermott Homes being selected as the chosen developer for the site. Following consultation late last year, the team at McDermott Homes put forward the proposal for 343 new homes, which received planning approval from Blackburn with Darwen Council on 27th May, with the land allocated for housing in the Local Plan within the East Darwen Development Corridor.  

The site consists of 2 parcels of land, together making up a total of 44-acres. The northern part of the site will take the vast majority of the housing, with the southern part taking 19 dwellings. 67 homes in the scheme will be grant-funded affordable homes.  Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2021.

The securing of planning permission for the Ellison Fold Way site signals a further success for Lea Hough’s Land and Development team. The team has recently represented land owners in a number of high profile housing schemes in Lancashire, including Cobb Lane in Kelbrook and Ramsgreave Drive in Blackburn. The team also represented the landowner in Redrow’s latest flagship development of up to 730 new homes in Halewood, Merseyside.

Lea Hough’s specialist Land and Development team are highly experienced in working with private land owners, companies and local authorities, who wish to sell a plot of land or parcels of a plot for housing development purposes.  We have extensive experience in land assembly, bringing sites forward with immediate development potential, as well as project-managing sites with longer term prospects requiring promotion through the local plan process.

For further information on our Land and Development services, or an initial discussion of how the process works, please get in touch with us.


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