Princess Anne set for visit to Lucas Green

Royal visit: Princess Anne will visit Chorley tomorrow
Royal visit: Princess Anne will visit Chorley tomorrow

A new housing development will receive a very special visit tomorrow, Wednesday, from the Princess Royal.

Princess Anne will visit Redrow’s new Lucas Green development, in Whittle-le-Woods, to have a look around and officially open two new show homes.

She is president of Carers Trust and will receive a donation for the charity from Redrow.

She will also speak to guests about the work of Carers Trust and the need to build homes that enable carers and those they care for to remain in their local communities.

House builder Redrow has supported the Carers Trust over many years and has employees who are juggling work commitments with a caring role.

The company has an employee assistance programme, which covers a range of services including confidential advice on debt management, disability, illness and family issues, as well as a bespoke care coach facility with access to a qualified counsellor who can provide help.

The Princess Royal will meet carers who are in employment, together with some who have had to give up work because of their caring role. They will include Redrow site manager, Steve Rimmer, who divides his time between overseeing the construction of 122 new homes at Lucas Green, his three children and helping with care for his mother who has Alzheimer’s. Steve’s wife gave up her job at a local school to become the full-time carer of her mother-in-law.

The Princess Royal will also meet sales consultant, Paul Fishwick, who combines working for Redrow at The Orchard, Buckshaw Village, with looking after his mother who has severe mobility and memory issues following a stroke and major operation.

During the visit, the Princess Royal will have the opportunity to hear more about their lives and the benefits to both the carers and Redrow from their proactive approach.

She will also meet the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Dr Barry Johnson; the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and his wife Margaret; and Chorley MP, Lindsay Hoyle.

Lucas Green is a development of three, four and five-bedroom homes and the Princess Royal will visit two of the properties which meet some of the most stringent standards for energy efficiency and sustainability, including features to encourage more recycling of household waste.

The homes are also more accessible for those with disabilities, including wheelchair users, which will enable people to remain in their home as they get older, frailer or their mobility decreases due to illness.

This includes easy access front and rear, wider internal doorways and easy to navigate, open-plan layouts in many of the living spaces.