Former bar becomes site for new affordable homes

The former Harry's Bar on St George's Street, Chorley, which has been earmarked for appartment development

The former Harry's Bar on St George's Street, Chorley, which has been earmarked for appartment development

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Work is underway on a multi-million pound development of affordable homes on the former site of a well-known pub.

Harry’s Bar, on St George’s Street, Chorley, was one of the main attractions in the town centre before it shut its doors in June, 2007.

Housing Plans: Lesley-Ann Fenton, from Chorley Council; Eric Tamanis, from Progress Housing; Coun Graham Dunn; and Andrew Loughlin, from JB Loughlin at Harry's Bar

Housing Plans: Lesley-Ann Fenton, from Chorley Council; Eric Tamanis, from Progress Housing; Coun Graham Dunn; and Andrew Loughlin, from JB Loughlin at Harry's Bar

Leyland’s Progress Housing Group is now developing the site and will create eight one-bedroom flats there.

A sod-cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of work there.

Eric Tamanis, director of business development and property services, said: “We are committed to providing high-quality affordable housing and we are extremely pleased to be providing this much-needed housing in Chorley.

“The provision of high-quality accommodation that meet the needs of the local community is key to ensuring sustainable communities.”

Coun Graham Dunn said: “We have a town centre master plan which is a structured long-term plan of how we can adapt the town centre to the changing habits of residents and visitors.

“Town centre living is a key element of that and this development is a step towards making it happen.

“There’s also increasing need for one-bedroomed flats, so we’ve invested some capital funds into the scheme which will ensure that the new properties will be available for applicants with a Chorley connection, and it also brings back into use a building which has lain empty for some time.”

The project is being funded through the Homes And Communities Agency’s social housing grant and Chorley Council.

Last year, the council was chosen to lead a Lancashire- wide scheme to support homeless people and gave £271,679 to the Progress Housing Group to develop the site.

The homes will be let to single people with a connection to Chorley and will be allocated through Select Move.

Planning permission was granted last year.

Progress Housing Group says the development will meet environmental standards level three for sustainable homes and the flats will all benefit from energy efficient central heating to ensure household running costs are kept to a minimum.