Affordable Homes Boost in BarrowPublished Thursday, 26 March 2015
Twenty eight affordable homes will be up for grabs in Barrow by local residents from October.
The two and three-bedroom houses will be available on a shared ownership or affordable rented basis at the former Pendle Garage site, now called Barleyfields.
Local residents will be given priority and consideration will be given to people with special housing needs.
Barleyfields is being developed by North West housing association Great Places Housing Group and affordable home ownership company Plumlife in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, who also collaborated on the popular affordable housing scheme at Petre Wood, Langho.
A total of 25 two and three-bedroom properties were made available to local residents at Petre Wood.
Resident Sid Hill said: “We now have a family home at an affordable price in a nice area near our children’s school. It is a lovely little neighbourhood and we couldn’t be happier.”
Neighbour Lorraine Wilson added: “Thanks to this scheme, my daughter and I have new home with a garden and driveway, and we are delighted.”
Two shared ownership properties are still available at Petre Wood, with prices ranging from £66,500 for a 35 per cent share, with £226.42 monthly rent on the remainder, to £142,500 for a 75 per cent share, with £87.08 monthly rent on the remainder.
The provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Ribble Valley Borough Council, which is working closely with housing partners to address the problem.
The council’s housing strategy manager, Rachael Stott, said: “We are delighted to have supported these excellent schemes, which have made much-needed high-quality rental and shared ownership properties available to residents with a local connection.”
Great Places’ director of development Peter Bojar added: “These developments will provide new high-quality affordable family homes in a desirable area, where the need for such properties is high.
“We are pleased to be able to help people get on the property ladder on a shared-ownership basis through our sales arm, Plumlife.”
House prices in Ribble Valley are way above the national average and first-time buyers are being forced out of the communities their families have lived in for generations.
Ribble Valley Borough Council is at the forefront of several housing initiatives, from the provision of affordable properties in partnership with the housing sector to cutting-edge energy efficiency.
As well as Petre Wood and Barleyfields, shared ownership properties, including one-bedroom apartments, four-bedroom family homes and two-bedroom bungalows, are currently available at Lune Road and Low Moor Gardens in Clitheroe, Water Meadows in Longridge, Whalley Road in Billington and Barrow Brook Grange in Barrow.
Anyone interested in a shared ownership or affordable rented property should contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing team on 01200 414567.