THE chair of Calico Group’s board has a personal interest in the organisation’s latest development in Burnley, where it’s building 24 new bungalows – she used to live on the street.
Lesley Burrows lived on Florence Avenue, in the South West of the town, with her mother, two sisters and brother in a Calico home until she was 21; so naturally she wanted to be there for the groundbreaking ceremony.
“Growing up in this very community, I’ve seen first-hand how much local pride residents have in this area,” said Burrows. “It’s fantastic that The Calico Group are investing in this and bringing the site back to life again. I think that these high-quality homes will also provide an aspirational element to the community.
“These bungalows mean that those residents who are already living nearby don’t have to leave the area that they know and love to find alternative homes if their needs change. To see a blend of generations from all ages and backgrounds living in the same neighbourhood is wonderful.”
The £3 million project will see the construction of 24 bungalows, each with garden and driveway, and boasting stunning views of Pendle Hill. The homes are being built by Ring Stones Maintenance & Construction, with funding assistance from Homes England. The project is expected to take 12 months to complete.
“Calico has worked closely with Burnley Borough Council and Homes England to deliver much-needed regeneration to this area of land,” said Lisa Bell, development manager at Calico Homes. “We have listened to our customers as there is a shortage of this type of accommodation in the area so we are hopeful this development will be welcomed by the local community.”
James Macaree, assistant director at Ring Stones, said: “This is a great project that will provide affordable housing in this popular area. The local community centre at Valley Street already provides opportunities for people to get involved in lots of joint projects and meet their neighbours, so it will be great to potentially see some new faces around and strengthen the community even further.”