Work set to conclude on affordable homes plan

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION OF NEW HOMES LOCATED OFF ST ANDREWS WAY IN LEYLAND

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION OF NEW HOMES LOCATED OFF ST ANDREWS WAY IN LEYLAND

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Work on building affordable homes on a notorious Leyland eyesore will soon be complete.

The Hulmes Mill site, off Eden Street, was lying derelict for almost 20 years before developers moved in to create 11 new homes on a portion of the land.

The development, run jointly by New Progress Housing and South Ribble Council, will include two three-bedroom shared ownership properties and nine two-bed houses for affordable rent. Work will be completed by next month.

Bernie Keenan, managing Director of New Progress Housing Association, said: “By offering homes through shared ownership we are helping people from all walks of life to either get on the property ladder for the first time or ensure they remain on it.

“We are committed to providing high quality affordable housing and are delighted to be working closely with the council and the Homes and Communities Agency on this exciting scheme.”

Coun Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, said: “Work to transform this disused mill site is excellent news for families looking for affordable accommodation, and people from Leyland will be given priority as part of the scheme.

“We now hope the infrastructure put in place for the new housing will help unlock the remainder of the site’s potential and attract further development.”

The development has received funding of £500,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency and £180,000 from South Ribble Borough Council.