THE developers behind the new homes at the site of the former Carmelite Monastery in Eccleston have revealed details about the project.

Jones Homes, who are building 12 houses within the grounds of the former Carmelite Monastery, off Green Lane, have also released an artist's impression of what the houses will look like.

One of the homes will incorporate the refurbishment of the former gatekeeper’s lodge.

The monastery stood behind a high stone wall, which will be preserved. However, the wall has been lowered along Houghtons Lane, where a new access road is being built.

Gemma Pownall, Sales Director for Jones Homes North West, said: “There has always been a sense of intrigue around this site because it was so closed off from the rest of the community.

“Since we lowered the wall, people have been taking the opportunity to view the progress of the new development and to take in the landscape.

“The mature trees within the grounds provide real character. The woodland around the boundaries was a key factor in determining the layout of the development. Every home will have a large garden, enhanced by the woodland setting.

“We are now able to take our customers onto the site to show them around and look forward to welcoming the first residents in the spring.”

The monastery closed in 2015 to end a mission of more than 100 years in the town and causing much sadness across the community.

Jones Homes bought the land last year after securing planning consent. The monastery buildings were demolished earlier this year and work on the first homes is now advancing. The gated development will include a range of four and five-bedroom detached houses.

The development has been named Springfield Gate, a reference to the 19th century building Springfield House which stood on the land until it was demolished in the 1980s. Before belonging to Springfield House, the land is thought to have been part of Eccleston Hall Estate.

There are currently four homes available for sale at Springfield Gate, ranging from £589,950 to £619,950.