£3m homes scheme opens at derelict council office site

Official opening of the new Calico Close housing development, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, for Progress Housing Group. Picture by Paul Heyes, Tuesday July 28, 2015.

Official opening of the new Calico Close housing development, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, for Progress Housing Group. Picture by Paul Heyes, Tuesday July 28, 2015.

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A derelict council site has been transformed into a multi-million pound affordable housing scheme.

The £3m development of 34 affordable homes has been officially opened at the site in Calico Close, Bamber Bridge.

Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Mary Green and Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, as well as officials from Progress Housing Group, were on hand to cut the ribbon at the housing development, which previously housed social services offices.

Jacqui De-Rose, group chief executive at Progress Housing Group, said: “This fantastic new development is a perfect example of a former derelict site being regenerated in order to provide much needed new affordable housing for local residents.”

Work started on the site in June 2014 and was delivered over two phases.

County Coun Jennifer Mein said: “We’re pleased that this land, which was formerly used by the county council as a social services office, has been used to create affordable homes for rent.

“It was due to our property regeneration partnership with the Bamber Bridge-based Eric Wright Group, which identified land that the county council no longer needed to provide our services from.

“It’s important to me that we don’t leave property unused and that we find new ways to use it.

“We’re working hard to create new jobs in the area, including through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, and it’s important that we have the right housing to match people’s requirements.

“One lady kindly showed me round her new home and I was very impressed with the development, which looks really nice.”

The development received funding of £751,323 from the Homes and Communities Agency and support from South Ribble Borough Council.

The affordable housing scheme was awarded a Considerate Constructors Performance Beyond Compliance Certificate for its sensitivity to the surrounding environment, communities and neighbourhoods.