A NEW developer is in the process of being secured after a 108-home housing scheme in Hartford came to standstill when its construction partner entered administration.

Your Housing Group’s Manor Gardens development is a new-build shared ownership development, build on land previously occupied by Mid Cheshire College’s Hartford campus.

But the housing association’s Warrington-based construction partner Lane End Developments Construction Ltd entered administration - having handed over just 38 houses.

Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury contacted Your Housing following concerns about the unfinished site.

He says he has since been reassured a new developer is in the process of being secured.

Northwich Guardian: Weaver Vale MP Mike AmesburyWeaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury (Image: Supplied)

“I and others campaigned against housing on this site because we wanted the college to remain for the benefit of young people,” Mr Amesbury recalled.

“The college closure and subsequent multi-million land deal followed a merger between Warrington and Mid Cheshire colleges.

“But we are where we are,” he added.

“Construction has begun and now needs to be finished.

“I’ve intervened and lobbied on behalf of constituents; the last thing anyone wants to see is a half-built housing estate.

“It’s sad that Lane End Developments has gone into administration, but I’m relieved Your Housing is taking steps to secure a new development partner to get the homes completed.”

Mr Amesbury has also written to Government agency Homes England which is funding the project and is involved with other impacted Lane End schemes in his constituency, including sites at Helsby and Runcorn.

Homes England says it is currently working with its partners on ‘a case-by-case basis’ to understand what solutions may be necessary to get schemes back up and running.

Lane End Developments previously completed a 64-homes site for Torus at Lostock Gralam, Northwich.

Its other projects include New Road, Wharton Road, and Weaver Meadows in Winsford, plus Station Road in Delamere.

On April 4, 2023, the directors of Lane End Developments Construction Limited placed the company into administration and appointed Jeremy Woodside and Frank Ofonagoro of Quantuma Advisory Limited as Joint Administrators.

Quantuma has been approached for comment.