The former home of Warrington RLFC at Wilderspool is to be redeveloped for new family homes following the granting of planning permission.  The stadium was built in 1881 and hosted 7 test matches and 24 international tour matches before its closure in 2003.

Bevan Mews, named in honour of Brian Bevan, Warrington’s all-conquering Australian winger, will provide 160 new homes in what developers are describing as an ‘exemplar’ housing scheme.

“We’ve sought to reflect the very best standards of urban design,” explained Neal Biddle, development director at Warrington-based Langtree.  “Our intention is to create a strong gateway to the town centre and by re-using this brownfield site we can contribute to Warrington’s housing needs.”

The new homes will be developed by Wire Regeneration, a joint venture between Langtree and Warrington Borough Council tasked with transforming the town’s Southern Gateway.

“This development is about setting the bar for the rest of our ambitions,” explained Mr Biddle.  “We’ve worked closely with our designers and the council to ensure the scheme adds value to the neighbourhood and we’re looking forward to work starting on site.”

The detailed design phase will now get underway to finalise the finer points of the layout and appearance of the homes.  The scheme was designed by Spawforths and is expected to cost around £25m to complete, including public open space, measures to improve traffic flows and provision of some extra on-street parking spaces for the existing residents of Fletcher and Priory streets.