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New homes give hospital site a new lease of life

A NEW 65-home development is breathing new life into a former hospital site while helping to tackle the housing shortage in Stockport.

Elan Homes is transforming part of the former Cherry Tree Hospital site to make way for new homes. Construction work at Cherry Tree Park stared in January, with the first properties released for sale ‘off plan’.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport Councillor Andrew Verdeille and Mrs Cleo Cundall along with Stockport Council Leader Councillor Sue Derbyshire performed a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the show home.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Derbyshire, who also chairs the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Planning and Housing Commission, said: “We’re absolutely amazed by how wonderful the development looks. The show home is beautiful and I’m sure it reflects the other homes being built. We need new homes for families, those who are getting older and all ages. This development is a really useful contribution to that. Based on the quality and care that’s been shown by Elan in their first project here, hopefully they will be able to build many more homes with us because this is the standard that local people should expect.”

Cherry Tree Hospital opened in the late 19th century but by the mid-1990s the majority of the site had closed. The site has been cleared of those redundant buildings to make way for 65 new homes, including 16 affordable properties.

Along with the new homes, which will range from one to five-bedroom properties, Elan will be providing an area of public open space at Cherry Gardens and making a contribution towards traffic regulations.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, says: “The Home Builders Federation suggest that if the industry builds an extra 233 homes a year in Stockport it would be enough to satisfy the local housing need. The launch of Cherry Tree Park is a welcome boost to the economy, bringing part of the former hospital site back into good use, providing employment opportunities, along with much needed new homes to help meet demand.

“We’re extremely grateful that the Mayor and Mayoress and Councillor Derbyshire were able to officially open the show home. The event was an opportunity to showcase what we have achieved at Cherry Tree Park, where we are transforming a brownfield site to provide superb quality homes.

“It’s a prime example of how adept our highly skilled and experienced team is at identifying new sites with development potential and progressing them through the planning process. We’re now actively looking for other brownfield sites across the North West to redevelop to provide high quality new homes.”

Situated in the prime residential suburb of Great Moor, Cherry Tree Park enjoys good local amenities including schools, a library and restaurants all within easy reach

The show home at Cherry Tree Park is open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 5pm. For more information, call 0845 2938973