1. Sales launch date for £10 million Astley Point

    Salcaul Limited has revealed the first homes at the new £10 million Astley Point on Higher Green Lane, Astley will go on sale, off-plan, from 6pm on Thursday 3 August at a special event being held at the Greyhound Hotel, Warrington Road, Leigh, WN7 3XQ.  Prices for apartments start from £150,000 and houses from £320,000.

    Set in beautifully landscaped surroundings over 4.5 acres, Astley Point architects Cartwright and Gross have drawn from Astley’s rich heritage and countryside to inform the design of the new homes.

    With fourteen houses and fourteen apartments, residents will enjoy unique landscaped features that will make Astley Point the place to live in the area.  All homes are built to the highest specification with all the houses having balconies to front and rear.

    In addition to the new homes, Astley Point will boast three new restaurants, a wine bar and events venue overlooking the landscaped gardens and lake.  Salcaul is concluding the leases with high end operators and formal announcement will be made at the end of Sept 2017.

    Sean McCaul, director, Salcaul Limited said:  “We are thrilled with the progress we are making at Astley Point and we’ve already received over 250 enquiries from potential purchasers.  We are launching the homes for sale off-plan but the first houses will be ready to move in by mid-September 2017.

    “Our architects Cartwright and Gross have created a truly exciting scheme for the site which will set the new homes and leisure opportunities in stunning landscaped surroundings informed by the local heritage, history and countryside.

    “We’ve also received huge amount of interest in our commercial leisure space and are pleased to say that all the units have now been taken.”

    Salcaul Limited is making a £10 million investment into the development and envisages over 70 new permanent jobs will be created at Astley Point.

    There are a number of apartments available to purchase through Wigan Council’s affordable housing scheme and Help to Buy – to check eligibility people should visit

    Anyone wishing to register interest in buying a home at Astley Point and to attend the VIP sales launch event on Thursday 3 August should visit

    Salcaul Limited is a joint venture between Salboy and Redwaters and has been set up specifically to deliver Astley Point.  Salboy, is a company owned by Fred Done and Simon Ismail who develop schemes throughout the UK.

    Simon Ismail said: “This is the first project we have undertaken in Astley and we are really looking forward to producing a first class development that will provide much needed facilities for the local area.”

    Redwaters is a privately owned property development business based in Astley that has been building homes in the North West for nearly 40 years.  During this time it has forged a reputation for high quality bespoke schemes with a particular emphasis on the Astley area with the most recent projects being Astley Brook and Chaddock Hall.

    The sales launch announcement received coverage in publications including the Leigh Journal and Wigan Today.

  2. Plans revealed for the future of Peel Hill Farm, Blackpool

    The Strategic Land Group has revealed plans for the potential future redevelopment of the 29 hectare Peel Hill Farm, Blackpool into a new sustainable community including 700 homes.

    Acting on behalf of the land owner, the Strategic Land Group is promoting the site through the Fylde Borough Council Local Plan process with the aim of securing an allocation for development.

    Peel Hill Farm is located just south of the M55 (Junction 4) and east of A538 Preston New Road in Whitehills, Fylde.

    The new development would feature 700 new homes – which would be a mix of sizes, from small starter homes to large family homes and different tenures including market and social.  A new Primary School and local shopping centre would also be built.

    Analysis carried out by Turley for Strategic Land Group indicates the proposals will increase economic output in the region by £4.6 million per year.

    The proposal has been prompted through the Fylde Local Plan which sets out the housing requirements for the Borough from 2011 to 2032.  Following the first stage of the Plan’s examination last month, the council decided to increase the number of homes it intends to build by more than 10% from 7,768 (370 per year) to 8,715 (415 per year).

    The number of new homes could increase further as the Council has agreed to help neighbouring Wyre Council meet its housing target.  The proposal at Peel Hill Farm could help meet those higher housing requirements.

    Paul Smith, managing director, the Strategic Land Group said: “Peel Hill Farm provides an excellent opportunity to deliver much needed new homes in the Fylde area, in a location that the council accept is strategically important.  By working with the land owner, we are looking to gain planning approval which will ultimately help us attract high quality house builders to deliver the new community.

    “Everyone is well aware there are nowhere enough new homes being built. It is important councils plan to build the right number of homes to help support existing communities and to support economic growth. That is especially true in this part of the Fylde Coast where new development could support the Airport Enterprise Zone, Blackpool and even the Fleetwood peninsula.  A development at Peel Hill Farm will help ensure enough new homes are built.”

    The Strategic Land Group works with land owners to secure planning permission and ultimately the sale of shovel-ready development sites across the country.  The Strategic Land Group has extensive experience and a proven track record in working with land owners of the both brownfield and greenfield sites.

    News of the plans was included in Northwest Insider.

  3. Forward Role Recruitment moves to Croxley House

    Forward Role Recruitment has moved into Croxley House on Lloyd Street, Manchester taking the whole of the fourth floor (3,200 sq ft) at £19.50 per sq ft.

    Forward Role Recruitment specialises in marketing, digital, analytics, design & IT recruitment, is moving from its office in Manchester City Centre because of recent and planned growth of the team, currently 25 people.

    Steve Thompson, managing director, Forward Role Recruitment, said:  “It feels great to reward the team with such a cool and inspiring office to come to work in every day and continue to build the culture we’re so proud of.  Practically speaking the space gives us lots of room for team growth and most excitingly the bar and common spaces give us the opportunity to entertain clients and candidates.  We are excited for the future and the new office space in Croxley House which marks the next stage in our development!”

    Lucy Boultbee- Brooks, Asset Manager at Boultbee Brooks said: “BBRE are delighted to welcome Forward Role Recruitment to Croxley House. The deal is testament to the quality of the building following the completion of the refurbishment works.”

    OBI Property is joint letting agent on Croxley House with Edwards and Co, acting on behalf of Boultbee Brooks Real Estate. The OBI Property building consultancy team project managed the refurbishment of the 4th floor which included the installation of a new kitchen and meeting room, prior to Forward Role Recruitment moving in.

    Debbie Meredith, transactions and asset management, OBI Property said: “Croxley House is a fantastic building in a great location between the traditional prime core and Spinningfields. We are pleased to welcome Forward Role Recruitment into the building which is now fully let. An additional suite of 4,305 sq ft will be coming available later this year.”

    Croxley House provides office accommodation over basement to fifth floor, offering a total 27,400 sq ft of office space.  Other tenants include: Arcon Housing, Hidden Creative, PRP Architects and Media Force.

    The building is situated just off Albert Square, close to Deansgate and Spinningfields.  It is well served by the city’s transport links, being a short walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, and is in close proximity to some of Manchester’s best amenities.

  4. Strategic Land Group completes sale for phase two of Pendleton Grange, Clitheroe

    The Strategic Land Group has completed the sale of 7.5 acres of land in Clitheroe to Story Homes. The land was purchased with planning permission already obtained for 91 units and it will be the second phase of the Pendleton Grange development by the award winning housebuilder.

    The transaction unlocks the full 11 acre site, the first phase of which was sold to Story Homes by Strategic Land Group in 2015, to build 130 new homes with a with a gross development value of £24 million.

    Located off Henthorn Road in Clitheroe, Pendleton Grange phase two will be a collection of house types including apartments, terraced, semi-detached and detached properties, as well as some of the best-selling house types from the first phase.

    The Strategic Land Group acted on behalf of the private land owner in the deal and secured planning permission on the site before the sale.

    Paul Smith, managing director, The Strategic Land Group said: “There is a shortage of new homes in Clitheroe and this greenfield site on the edge of the town will make a major contribution towards addressing that. We are pleased to have been able to deliver this site with planning permission to Story Homes, and have no doubt that they will deliver a high-quality development that will benefit Clitheroe.”

    Story Homes’ land and planning director David O’Reilly said: “This is a significant development for Story Homes and it will deliver much needed family housing ranging in size from two to five bedroom homes.

    “We’re really excited about this development. As well as boasting a high specification throughout, the homes will feature attractive exteriors adding to the charm of the area and creating the stunning street scenes for which Story Homes is renowned.

    “We believe that Story Homes offer is different to that of other developers currently active in the area and we believe our product brings something new to the local area.”

    Pendleton Grange will help sustain existing local services while the economy will also be boosted through the creation of hundreds of jobs over the life of the development, both directly and indirectly through subcontractors and the supply chain.

    The news of the land sale was featured in Place North West and  North West Insider.

  5. FEC and The Co-op submit plans for £235 million Angel Meadow, Manchester

    Far East Consortium (FEC) International Limited and The Co-op announced they have submitted the plans for Angel Meadow to Manchester City Council for planning approval.  The £235 million residential development comprises 756 new homes across four buildings bordering Angel Meadow Park and is part of the city centre’s NOMA neighbourhood.

    Gavin Taylor, regional general manager, FEC said: “We are very pleased to submit Angel Meadow for planning.  Working with 5plus Architects and Planit-IE we believe we have produced a scheme of true international calibre, which makes Angel Meadow Park the focal point for the growing community.

    “We’ve paid close attention to activating the ground floors and the spaces between the buildings while also providing a wide range of homes suitable for families as well as professionals.  Our goal is to see long term occupancy of the homes in Angel Meadow and the development is geared towards private sale, rather than institutional investors.  ”

    The four plots around Angel Meadow Park are on Gould Street, Aspin Lane and Old Mount Street.

    In brief the design proposals include:

    • A 40 storey landmark residential tower, which will include large two-bedroom apartments with winter gardens, designed with families in mind. The winter gardens are located every seven levels animating the tower into glazed stacked boxes.
    • The residential tower will have ground floor retail and leisure spaces with a landscaped elevated deck above. A new series of stepped terraces incorporating seating and planting will link the Park with the new podium.
    • On Aspin Lane, the two proposed 22 and 17 storey apartment buildings, will have active ground floor uses bringing Aspin Lane back to life.
    • There will be five, three-bedroom townhouses on the ground floor building on Old Mount Street with 131 apartments above. There will be a new route through the building, which is part nine and part 12 storeys, for residents from neighbouring buildings into the Park.

    Jon Matthews, 5plus director said: “We are really proud of the designs for Angel Meadow – they embody everything we believe in as a practice – new buildings in context, giving everything back to the street, re-invigorating whole areas.

    “It is a landmark step for this historically significant part of the city.”

    Angel Meadow is just a five minute walk from Victoria Station for mainline rail and Metrolink services.  It sits on the edge of the rapidly developing NOMA neighbourhood and is very close to the vibrant Northern Quarter with its many highly successful independent bars, restaurants and music venues.

    Rob Bignold, head of commercial and investment property, The Co-op said: “We are delighted to see Angel Meadow submitted for planning, it is a very important next step for the second phase of residential development at NOMA and we look forward to seeing this vibrant neighbourhood grow.”

    FEC was selected by The Co-op and Manchester Place as development partner for the scheme in summer last year and it is the first project in Manchester for the international property developer.  Last month FEC was announced as investor partner with Manchester City Council for the Northern Gateway project.

    The planning submission follows public consultation which included two public exhibitions held at Band on the Wall, as well as plans being available for comment and questions online.

    In addition to architects 5plus, the project team also includes planning and environmental advisors HOW, and engineering services providers WSP.

    Subject to planning, building work is expected to begin by the end of the year with the first homes complete in 2019.  Anyone interested in the homes at Angel Meadow should contact Cushman & Wakefield on 0161 455 3777 or JLL on 0161 238 7400.

    The announcement of the planning submission was featured in publications including the Architects Journal and  Manchester Evening News