|Building work begins on new council houses in Wigan and Leigh
From left Karl Moore (Homes and Communities Agency), Cllr Kevin Anderson (Cabinet Champion Affordable Housing), Cheryl Foster (Wigan and Leigh Housing), Peter Layland, Angela Durkin (both Environmental Services)
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For the first time in more than 25 years, Wigan Council has begun building new council homes on two sites in the borough.
Work is already underway at Etherstone Street, Leigh, where six two bedroom bungalows are being built and at Windsor Avenue, Astley, where eight family houses are under construction.
The homes are being built on vacant council land and the project has been supported by grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the national housing and regeneration agency for England.
Together with the council’s own finance, more than £1.7M is being invested in the homes. The development is being project managed by Wigan and Leigh Housing and the homes will be ready for letting from this autumn.
Welcoming the start of the building work, the council’s Cabinet Champion for Housing, Cllr Kevin Anderson, says: “These new homes will offer tenants modern, high quality homes at an affordable price and we expect demand to be high. The council and its partners are making excellent progress in tackling the need for more affordable homes in the borough.”
He adds: “Together with other new developments of affordable rented homes, such as those being built by Wigan and Leigh Housing in Scholes and the proposed development at The Orchards, we aim to deliver more than 150 new affordable homes for rent in a bid to address the shortage of this type of accommodation in the borough. The construction of these homes is also welcome in that it is helping support the construction industry during the ongoing recession.”