Seven year wait for home scheme is over

Former Billinge Hospital site housing development
Former Billinge Hospital site housing development
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A housebuilding company’s seven-year project at the site of a hospital used by generations of St Helens residents is almost over.

Charles Church has been transforming the site of Billinge Hospital, which welcomed thousands of people from the town into the world at its maternity unit, into hundreds of new homes.

Now the firm has just five houses left to sell at The Coppice development, having started work soon after the hospital buildings were demolished in 2007.

Bosses at the company admitted there will be some sadness when the final set of keys are handed over and the firm’s association with the landmark Billinge development is finally over.

Sales and marketing director for Charles Church North West David Hodgson said: “We always approach the end of a development with mixed feelings, joy at completing a project and seeing so many people settled into their new homes, but also a little sadness when we have been part of the local community for several years, as we have been here.

“Billinge is a lovely location, close to open countryside and with breath-taking views, but also close enough to bigger towns and the motorway network so residents can conveniently reach work, shopping and leisure facilities. Now we have just five homes left here, and then that’s it.”

The remaining four and five-bedroom detached properties have all been built and are awaiting buyers. Mr Hodgson added: “The Help to Buy scheme has certainly aided many people at Billinge.”