The Garden Village

at Handforth

Our vision

“To create a sustainable, integrated, inclusive, and vibrant community, where people of all ages and backgrounds can find a home that meets their needs through the different stages of their lives. A beautiful and characterful Cheshire Village in which to live, work and play. A place that is very well connected to its natural and urban surroundings. A distinct place with its own identity and a strong sense of community embedded within the highest quality environment.”

About the Garden Village at Handforth

The Garden Village at Handforth is a key strategic development site for Cheshire East Council and is allocated within the Local Plan. The Garden Village at Handforth is one of only 14 Government designated Garden Villages in England. We will create an entirely new, distinctive and high-quality sustainable community for North Cheshire. It will significantly boost housing, jobs and economic growth in a desirable location.


The site is within the eastern edge of Handforth, east of the A34 and south of the A555. The site is under several ownerships, with Cheshire East Council owning approximately 72 hectares, of which five hectares is currently leased to Total Fitness.


Cheshire East Council owns 70% of the land at The Garden Village. As a majority landowner, the authority will act as lead developer. This provides a unique ability to deliver this exemplar village to a higher quality standard than you would expect with a developer-led scheme.


The Garden Village creates much more green space than would typically be delivered by market or standard planning policy. Creating a network of green spaces, amenity space, landscape character and habitat protection is a priority, not an afterthought.


Click here for the latest masterplan for the development.

Overview of The Garden Village at Handforth

  • A new Cheshire Village - up to 1,500 new dwellings and 175 elderly care residential units in an area where there is a need for this scale and range of housing
  • Improves housing choice and affordability by offering a diverse mix of tenures, including a minimum of 30% affordable and 5% mixed self-build/community-build housing
  • Provides social infrastructure, including a new primary school and the potential for a children’s day nursery; sports facilities; allotments; community orchards etc.
  • Includes a village centre with the potential for shops, pub, restaurants and hotel
  • Offers 12 hectares of employment land, including primarily R&D, offices and light industrial to create new local jobs
  • Green infrastructure is central to The Garden Village vision. Approximately 47 hectares of high-quality new landscaping and public open space will be provided
  • Delivers the adopted Local Plan strategy site allocation and a new garden village identified by the Government.

Key benefits


  • The Garden Village will support all ages and backgrounds, including starter homes, family homes, self-build plots and homes for older people
  • The Garden Village will deliver a sustainable community with enhanced transport, pedestrian and cycle links
  • Significant investment in local infrastructure at the new village will take the pressure off other towns and villages locally
  • Provision of a new Park & Ride facility close to Handforth railway station
  • The Garden Village will deliver 4% of the borough-wide housing target and 68% of Handforth’s target to 2030
  • The development will support 597 FTE jobs and 313 FTE jobs will be created per year during the construction phase. An additional 473 FTE indirect jobs would be supported in the supply chain and other sectors
  • The project has a construction value of £363 million and will deliver £48 million GVA per year during construction

The Village Centre

The village centre will include a mix of uses. There will be space for local retail, cafes, restaurants, a family pub and hotel. The intention is also to create space for services such as a community-run library and a day nursery. There will be apartments above ground floor retail uses. Other employment space such as studios, offices will also be provided.


Extra care accommodation for older people with care needs, and the village school will be located within the heart of the village.


A village/community hall and sports pitches will also be co-located with the school.

Space for recreation

Hybrid planning application


Following adoption of the Supplementary Planning Document and public consultation in early 2019, Cheshire East Council submitted a hybrid planning application in the Summer of 2019. Details of the planning application can be found on Cheshire East Council’s website by following this link.

Handforth Park & Ride

In early 2020, again following engagement with neighbouring residents and Handforth Parish Council, a planning application was submitted to Cheshire East Council to create a new Park & Ride facility close to Handforth railway station. The site is located next to Handforth Youth Centre and provides good pedestrian link to the railway station, the centre of Handforth and to the Garden Village.


If approved, the Park & Ride facility will provide a bus stop and 115 additional district centre car parking spaces (including 10 bays for people with disabilities), 8 motorcycle bays and secure lockers for 36 cycles to link the bus services and improve access for all to the train station and district centre.


Click here for a site layout.


Details of the planning application can be found on Cheshire East Council’s website.




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