Omega south plans submitted for new homes, retail, leisure & community facilities

Outline Planning Application submitted to Warrington Borough Council’s planning department

Omega Warrington Ltd has just submitted an Outline Planning Application for the next stage of development on Omega South which includes much needed new homes for the borough plus retail, leisure and community uses. Omega Warrington Ltd is a joint venture between Miller Developments and KUC Properties Ltd, in partnership with landowner the Homes and Communities Agency and supported by Warrington Borough Council and the Cheshire and Warrington LEP.

Proposals include 1,100 new homes along with local shops, restaurants and cafes, public house/ bar, a care home, and a hotel, supported by extensive landscaping and wildlife habitat preservation; transport studies have also being undertaken to inform local road and junction improvements.

The submission of the plans follows extensive local consultation in May and June this year, including public events and a month-long online consultation involving local residents, businesses, community groups, parish councils and ward councillors.

Comments Andrew Sutherland, joint MD of Miller Developments, partner in OWL: “We would like to thank the 200 or so people who got involved in the consultation. Local knowledge and community ideas are vital in helping us to create the best possible environment and facilities on Omega South for the benefit of both new and existing residents.”

“We were pleased that overall there was a good level of support and enthusiasm for the new retail, leisure and community facilities being proposed and the opportunity to provide more family and affordable housing. Also welcomed was the focus on landscaping and wildlife preservation and we look forward to working up more detail on the 35 acres woodland and parkland area, called the ‘Green Heart, in due course. Naturally there were numerous concerns expressed about traffic congestion and our transport consultants continue to work hard with Warrington’s Highways team and public transport providers to address this. As well as improvements to the local road network which will come forward in response to this, works are already underway to increase capacity of Junction 8 of the M62.”

Councillor Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council said: “The continued development of Omega is a key priority in our ambitious growth agenda, Warrington Means Business. Work is already underway on-site on the construction of a new primary school, Barrow Hall, which will open in September 2016 and this Planning Application brings much needed housing to the Town.”

Karl Tupling, Executive Director North West at the Homes and Communities Agency commented: “The development of Omega is one of the largest construction projects happening in the North West. It is also a great example of how, through working in conjunction with partners such as OWL, HCA land is being used to support Warrington Borough Council’s economic growth ambitions. This will create significant employment opportunities and contribute to the delivery of the government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda”.

All documents related to the planning application, including the Consultation Statement, Design and Access Statement, Transport Assessment and Planning Statement can be viewed on the project website consultation page. Warrington Borough Council’s planning department will now undertake a period of statutory consultation with local residents, ward councillors and parish councils.

It is anticipated that the Outline Planning Application will be determined by the Council in autumn 2015, after which time, OWL will begin marketing residential plots to high quality housebuilders. The selected housebuilder partners will then develop detailed designs for each plot which will each, following further rounds of public consultation, be submitted as detailed planning applications.

It is anticipated that the residential and mixed-use part of Omega will be delivered in phases over ten years, depending on market demand.