Background and business case
Bower Brook Gardens Phase 2 is the second phase of the large joint project in the Halton View area of Widnes between project partners Open Door (Halton Housing’s Commercial Subsidiary), Halton Housing and Russell Homes and will provide 118 2 and 3 bedroom new build semi-detached homes across a range of tenures.
There will be 20 homes for sale, 16 homes for Shared Ownership, 15 homes available on a Rent to Buy basis, and 18 homes for private rent, providing much needed affordable homes in this area. It is thanks to significant funding through Homes England Affordable Homes Programme that we’ve been able to realise our ambitions for this scheme and respond to local housing demand for affordable housing within the Widnes area.
There has been significant growth in the area over recent years as homebuyers struggle to afford properties in nearby cities Liverpool and Manchester and even neighbouring town, Warrington.
The first phase of the development, which was completed in summer 2018 was also a mixed tenure scheme and proved to be incredibly popular with all homebuyers.
The site of Bower Brook Gardens 2 is located in the Warrington Road area of Widnes and has an industrial heritage, like much of this area of Widnes. The development is located on a 7.2 acre formerly derelict piece of land in Widnes and, with the already significant investment in this area through phase 1 of the development and Waterfront View (Halton Housing’s first ever shared ownership scheme) we are transforming this once derelict area into a new and thriving community in this area of Widnes.
The development is conveniently located near motorway links and a town centre, meaning this development is very accessible for residents.
This development provides flexibility for customers, with shares available for purchase ranging from 25% to 75%, depending on affordability and other eligibility criteria. Help to Buy is also available at this development.
These options make the process of buying a new home possible to those on lower incomes, those with low deposits, or those who have experienced a change in their circumstances.
The first homes were completed on this development in summer 2019.