A plot of land sold to a county council for the provision of housing way back in 1982 has borne fruit at last – with 17 new homes finally built on the site.
The £1.7 million rural development In Burleydam, Cheshire, was delivered by Jigsaw Homes Group, working closely with the parish council, Cheshire East Council, Homes England, BTP Architects and contractor Tyson Construction.
Ian Barton, chairman of the parish council, said “In 1982 my family sold the site to the county council so that it could be used for housing for local residents. After many false starts over the intervening years, we finally have a completed housing development.
“I would like to thank Jigsaw Group for working with the parish council to deliver an excellent affordable housing scheme which provides much-needed housing for residents of the parish and surrounding areas.”
The old Cheshire County Council was officially dissolved in 2009 when it was replaced by two new unitary authorities, Cheshire West & Chester, and Cheshire East.
The 17 properties are situated on Lodmore Lane. They consist of four one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom houses, and three three-bedroom houses, which are all set for “affordable” rent for local people with a housing need.
“The provision of affordable housing in rural areas remains one of the challenges facing our sector,” said Hilary Roberts, Jigsaw’s group chief executive. “We are really proud to have been able to deliver these much-needed rural homes in Burleydam working closely with our partners; particularly the parish council whose contribution has been invaluable right from the start. This is a great example of what positive partnerships can deliver.”
Manuel Atkinson, director at BTP Architects, said: “It is a real thrill to walk around these new homes and see how they will contribute to the future of the village. Our team took care throughout the project to ensure the design of these brick-built homes worked practically and aesthetically within the surroundings and we are pleased that the development will benefit local people.”