LAND has been successfully purchased in Rainford to build 307 homes.

The 32-acre site off Higher Lane and Rookery Lane will be named Dial House Place, after the nearby Dial House Wood, and will offer a mix of one, two, three, and four-bedroom properties, around a third of which are set to be affordable homes.

Proposals were initially accepted in 2023 by St Helen’s Council, with Planning Committee members voting in favour of the scheme.

A section 106 agreement accompanied the planning permission, which includes contributions to Mersey Travel, secondary education and NHS services. It is anticipated that the total Section 106 contributions will be upwards of £1m.

It is expected that ground will break next month on the site and work will begin shortly thereafter, with the first homes forecast for completion in early 2025.

Sustainability will be at the heart of Dial House Place, with new green spaces and electric vehicle charging points for every home. The development will also bring much needed new employment opportunities to the local area.

John Hardy, Land Director at Miller Homes said: “The Borough of St Helens is growing and the demand for quality housing is greater than ever. It is our ambition to support the sustainable growth of Rainford by providing a mixture of stylish modern homes in a variety of policy compliant sizes and designs.”