This funding announcement, which follows on from a 2018 award of £11.5m, brings the total number of new homes to be delivered by this ongoing partnership to almost 1,000, boosting the economy, adding to community infrastructure and supporting the creation of new jobs.

The funding will support the Scottish independent housebuilder in delivering the new homes across eight developments in Alsager, Broughton, Chester, Congleton, Hooton, Prescot, Warton and Willaston.

These developments, which will create desirable communities with a balanced mix of family homes, around 30% of which will be affordable, will help meet the country’s housing shortfall.

The developments are at various stages, with Callenders Green in Prescot due to complete this month and Broughton Park due to commence in the next few weeks.

Working in partnership with Homes England, Stewart Milne Homes secured the loan from the £3bn Home Building Fund which aims to increase the number of new homes being built across the country with a target of delivering 300,000 new homes per year.

Paul Challinor, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes North West England, believes the fund, which was already helping to address the country’s long-term housing challenge pre-Covid, is more important than ever as the country embarks on the road to recovery following lockdown. 

“The construction industry can play a major role in getting the economy back on its feet after lockdown,” he said. “It’s crucial in terms of supporting jobs and the supply chain as well as closing the gap between supply and demand for homes.

“As we emerge from lockdown, private, independent developers, like ourselves, will find it even more challenging to make the up-front investment required to close that gap.

“The Homes England funding enables us to accelerate the delivery of outstanding new communities for local residents and help the UK government meet its housing targets. 

“Securing the funds is testament to the strong relationship we’ve built with Homes England over a number of years, demonstrates the confidence they place in us to deliver and underlines our commitment to investing in the north-west.”