Vistry Partnerships selected to build 171 houses on former Akzo Nobel site in Littleborough

Date published: 17 April 2021

Vistry Partnerships, part of the Vistry Group, has been selected by Homes England to develop the former site of Akzo Nobel in Littleborough.

Homes England, which has owned the site since 2017, has selected Vistry to build 171 houses on the site of the former chemical plant.

Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire will lead the scheme through the preconstruction phase and onto site in early 2022.

Andrew Poyner, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire, said: “We look forward to delivering an excellent range of new homes for the local community.

“Importantly, we’re providing a mix of quality new homes to appeal to a wide range of customers.”

The Akzo Nobel factory was demolished in 2008 after operations ceased in September 2004 with the land remaining vacant ever since.


Aerial view of Akzo Nobel site
Aerial view of Akzo Nobel site


The development of the Akzo Nobel site, which links Littleborough town centre and Hollingworth Lake, has been controversial with concerns consistently raised over contamination and the location of mine shafts.

In 2005 Belway Homes withdrew plans to develop 280 homes on the site when members of the public responded with fears of contamination and the pressure that the development would put on Littleborough as a town.

The former chemical plant site was bought in December 2006 by Woodford Land, part of the UK’s largest brownfield land acquisition, remediation and development company, Woodford Group PLC.

Their plans for approximately 164 homes plus commercial and leisure facilities were also dropped.

Despite objections from local residents, Countryside Properties, which submitted the plans at the former chemical plant towards the end of 2011, was then granted approval for 174 houses on the site in 2015, before the government purchased the land to kickstart housing plans.

In November 2019 Homes England stated that the selected developer would take the site forward to a full planning application in spring 2021.


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