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New homes’ skills scheme

At work: From left, Paul Joyce, chairman of Chorley Community Housing, Richard Houghton, operations director CCH, Coun Terry Brown, Andy Gannon, Southdales construction director, and Brian Coupe, site manager

At work: From left, Paul Joyce, chairman of Chorley Community Housing, Richard Houghton, operations director CCH, Coun Terry Brown, Andy Gannon, Southdales construction director, and Brian Coupe, site manager

A £1.8m new homes development is being built at a former sheltered accommodation site in Chorley.

Work has now started to transform the derelict piece of land on Hodder Avenue.

Construction and development specialist Southdale is to create 24 new homes - 14 apartments, eight houses and two bungalows - for rent by local people.

Southdale will develop educational opportunities, including workshops on site for 15 students to learn more about the construction industry and three work experience places. The project will also safeguard four apprenticeships.

Chorley Council has worked with Chorley Community Housing and parent company, Adactus Housing Group, to regenerate the prominent site that used to be Douglas House sheltered accommodation which was demolished some years ago.

Councillor Terry Brown said: “This site has been derelict for many years now and because of its prominent location off Moor Road we’ve been keen to see it redeveloped to not only improve the area for local residents, but also to create new homes at affordable rents for local people.”

Neil Hughes, Southdale project manager said: “The creation of educational opportunities for young people in Chorley is something we are very excited by, because supporting the communities in which we work is something upon which we pride ourselves.”

Garnet Fazackerley, Adactus assistant director of development, said: “We are delighted to embark on yet another partnership that will not only enable us to deliver more affordable homes in Chorley but also help young people from the borough gain skills in the construction industry.”

 

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