Plaque to mark 500th new home completed

Councillors and tenants join Adactus' chief executive Paul Lees, back row third from right, at the property on Thirlmere Road, Chorley
Councillors and tenants join Adactus' chief executive Paul Lees, back row third from right, at the property on Thirlmere Road, Chorley
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A housing association has finished work on its 500th new home in Chorley.

A plaque was unveiled at a bungalow on Thirlmere Road to mark completion of the 500th property by Adactus Housing Group.

The properties have been built by Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and Adactus Housing Association and represent an investment of more than £50m in new housing since 2007.

Adactus’ chief executive Paul Lees said: “I am absolutely delighted that CCH and Adactus Housing Association have between them provided 500 new homes in Chorley since 2007.

“One hundred more homes will be built in Chorley by CCH and Adactus in 2016. Across the North West, we’ll be building over 700 new homes this year to help the council here in Chorley and local authorities elsewhere in the region to meet the housing needs of the borough.”

The properties include houses, flats and bungalows, and are available for rent and for shared ownership. They have provided accommodation for more than 800 people.

Coun Steve Murfitt, lead member for housing at Chorley Council, said: “This major milestone is doubly pleasing to us, because not only has the 500th home now been built providing much needed affordable housing for local people, this whole development is such a huge improvement on what was on the site previously.

“This site had blighted this neighbourhood for decades - it was a former children’s home that was derelict and became a target for vandals and anti-social behaviour. We bought the site, demolished the building and made it available to Chorley Community Housing which has built these attractive homes much improving the local area for residents.

“This site is one of a number of small pockets of derelict land across the borough that we’ve made available to provide affordable homes.”

Alan Cain, CCH chairman, said: “Five hundred new homes in the relatively short time CCH has been in existence is a fantastic achievement.”