Handover commences for first homes at Mill Vale scheme

The mixed-use development at Mill Vale will see the handover of several homes from Kellen Homes to partners Sigma and First Choice.

The teams at Kellen Homes, Sigma Capital and First Choice Homes Oldham celebrated the transaction of the first homes at Mill Vale | BTR News
The teams at Kellen Homes, Sigma Capital and First Choice Homes Oldham celebrated the transaction of the first homes at Mill Vale. Pictured left to right: Keith McFarlane from First Choice, Lee Catterall from Sigma and Ellie Frith, Joanne Robertson and Neil Jones from Kellen Homes.

Housebuilder Kellen Homes has handed over the first homes on the highly sought after Mill Vale development to partners Sigma Capital Group and First Choice Homes Oldham.

The housebuilder and housing providers visited the site to officially mark the milestone handover of the first houses in the 311 homes development, which will 45 affordable homes – four specifically adapted for people with a disability and 99 single-family Build to Rent homes for Sigma’s Simple Life Homes.

“It is exciting to see the first homes in this locally important development handed over to both Sigma and First Choice Homes Oldham alongside the release of the first phase of homes for sale on the open market by Kellen Homes. Mill Vale is in a superb location and everyone who has visited and seen the site and the show homes has praised the high quality and design. It is a genuine pleasure to collaborate with established partners to bring forward a mixed tenure development that is tailored to meet local needs.”

Ian Kelley, Chief Executive, Kellen Homes

Situated off Don Street in Middleton, on the site of the former British Vita land either side of the River Irk, the properties will now join Sigma’s Simple Life Homes. Kellen Homes has also opened the three show homes on the site and released the first of its open market homes for sale.

“It has been extremely rewarding witnessing the handover milestone at Mill Vale. This new development is a true testament to the hard work that has been put in across all partners to provide high-quality homes to the local area. It’s great to see our partnership with Kellen is continuing to leave a legacy of regeneration and we are delighted to deliver this important project.”

Lee Catterall, Associate Development Director, Sigma

550 new trees will be planted on site, with 60 bird boxes and 30 bat boxes being set up. Supporting its ESG strategy, Kellen Homes will make a financial contribution of £91,650 towards plant life and wildlife habitat offsite.

Alongside this, the housebuilder is making a financial contribution of over £1m towards education, outdoor sports and wildlife and plant life as part of the scheme. The plans also include the first part of a future link road with Hilton Fold Lane, while allotments will be transferred to the council. 

“This project is a perfect example of our continued commitment to provide energy-efficient, good quality affordable housing for rent and shared ownership. So, it is fantastic to have the keys to the first 22 of our 45 Mill Vale properties. Many of these properties – all three or two-bedroom homes – have already been let. We look forward to receiving the keys to the remaining homes in the coming months.”

Keith McFarlane, Head of Development, First Choice Homes Oldham