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Affordable Homes Boost in Barrow

From the left are Christine Grimshaw, managing director of Ribble Valley Homes, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing strategy manager, Rachael Stott, and Tom Johnson, neighbourhood coordinator for East Lancashire at Great Places Housing Group.
Published Tuesday, 07 July 2015

Twenty eight affordable homes will be up for grabs in Barrow by local residents from October.

And a registration event for the new properties will take place at Whalley Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday 14 July, from 16.30 to 19:00.

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.

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.

Shared ownership allows residents to buy from 35 to 75 per cent of a new home and pay rent on the remainder, with the option of increasing their share as their circumstances change.

The council’s housing strategy manager, Rachael Stott, said: “We are delighted to have supported this excellent scheme, which will make much-needed high-quality rental and shared ownership properties available to residents with a local connection.”

Tom Johnson, neighbourhood coordinator for East Lancashire at Great Places Housing Group, added: “Barleyfields 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 helping local residents get on the property ladder through our sales team, Plumlife.”

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.

House prices in the borough 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 Barleyfields, shared ownership properties, including one-bedroom apartments, four-bedroom family homes and two-bedroom bungalows, are currently available in Whalley, Billington and at other sites in Barrow.

Anyone interested in a shared ownership or affordable rented property should contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing team on 01200 414567.

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