THE Mayor of Hyndburn officially broke ground on a £7.4million housing development in Oswaldtwistle.
Cllr June Harrison was joined by the Mayoress Cllr Joyce Plummer and Councillor Loraine Cox, Hyndburn Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regeneration, at the former John Wood Steel Drums site on Victoria Street where housing association Great Places is building 53 new homes on the 1.3 hectare site.
The new homes, a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, will be made available for affordable rent.
The site had fallen into significant disrepair over the past decade and will be replaced by much-needed, quality and affordable housing.
Work on the development is expected to be completed by Spring 2021.
Councillor Harrison said “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.
“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”.
Councillor Loraine Cox said, “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, added: “Great Places has an extensive development programme across the north of England and we seeking to deliver new homes across the regions and close to our existing homes.
“Great Places has worked with Hyndburn Borough Council to bring much-needed new housing to Oswaldtwistle and this development will regenerate a part of the town that had fallen into significant disrepair.
“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.”