THE Mayor of Hyndburn has officially broken ground on a £7.4million housing development in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire.
Great Places Housing Group is building 53 new homes on the 1.3-hectare site on Victoria that was once the location of John Wood Steel Drums. The site had bee derelict for the past 10 years.
Officially breaking ground on the project, Mayor Councillor June Harrison was joined by the Mayoress Councillor Joyce Plummer. and Councillor Loraine Cox, portfolio holder for housing and regeneration.
The new homes, a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, will be made available for affordable rent. Work on the development is expected to be completed by Spring 2021.
“There is a pressing need for new, high-quality affordable housing in Hyndburn and this development will go some way towards meeting future housing needs in the borough,” said Harrison. “I’m really passionate about improving the housing offer in Hyndburn and therefore I’m looking forward to the first residents moving into the new homes next spring.”
Cox added: “The council’s policy is to prioritise brownfield sites for development where viable. We are delighted our partners Great Places Housing Group along with MCI Developments have chosen this derelict, former mill site close to the centre of Oswaldtwsitle for some much needed, new affordable housing.”
Helen Spencer, director of development at Great Places, said: “The site will not only bring new housing, but given its location close to the town centre, it will provide a boost to the local economy.”
Main Image: Alison Dean, Great Places’ Executive Director of People, Culture and Business Improvement; Helen Spencer, Great Places’ Director of Development, Mayoress Cllr Joyce Plummer, Mayor Cllr June Harrison and Steve Jones, MCI Development’s Contracts Manager at the Oswaldtwistle site.