Work begins on ‘excellent’ affordable homes project

Street visual of the proposed development at New Hall Lane, to build 68 affordable homes
Street visual of the proposed development at New Hall Lane, to build 68 affordable homes
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Work has begun on a development of 68 affordable homes on a former industrial site in Preston.

Housing developer Mulbury is developing the homes on land off New Hall Lane, on behalf of Chorley Community Housing.

Leaders in the area have said they are “very happy” with the project, which is “part of the general uplift of the area”.

The scheme, on the site of the former Somic Mill, is part of the wider redevelopment of the Tetrad textiles site where Mulbury completed a scheme of 51 new homes for Adactus Housing Association in 2015.

Mulbury has also secured Homes and Communities Agency funding and is seeking planning permission to build a 70 unit extra care housing scheme on an adjacent site.

The homes in the second phase of the development are a mix of two and three-bedroom semi-detached, terraced properties and apartments.

Each property will have parking spaces for two cars and generous rear gardens.

Coun Roy Leeming, who represents St Matthew’s ward, said: “It’s an excellent development, we have been involved since the beginning.

“As far as I’m aware, all the local residents are fully supportive of it.

“It’s a good development, we are pleased with it, it’s going along and not causing any disruption.

“It’s part of the general uplift of the area - when you look around the area you can see good things happening all over the place.

“It’s small, positive, incremental improvements in the area and that’s what we’ve been aiming for. It’s the kind of housing that’s needed there, close to town and close to all the facilities.”

Andrew Booth, operations director at Mulbury, said: “This second phase of development on this large former textile site will bring many community benefits. It will offer a significant visual improvement to the area and modern energy-efficient homes for local people.

“Demolition work on site is progressing well and we aim to have the site remediated and ready for construction to begin later this month.”

The new homes have been designed by Eden Building Design and will be built by Harbur Construction.