Town leading the way over building affordable homes

Bucking trend: Coun Graham Dunn, left, with Paul Lees at Clancutt Lane, Coppull.
Bucking trend: Coun Graham Dunn, left, with Paul Lees at Clancutt Lane, Coppull.
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Chorley is top of the affordable homes chart for Lancashire.

More affordable homes have been built in the town in the last three years than any other borough in the whole of the county.

In that period more than 500 homes have been provided in Chorley.

This compares to 294 in Fylde; 153 in Burnley; 40 in Hyndburn; 189 in Lancaster; 133 in Pendle; 204 in Preston; 197 in Ribble Valley; 108 in Rossendale; 89 in South Ribble; 261 in West Lancashire and 185 in Wyre.

New affordable homes are additional housing units or bed spaces provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.

National and regional trends for affordable housing provision are published in a series of yearly reports.

For 2012/13 a total of 42,830 affordable homes were delivered nationally, a decrease of 26 per cent on the previous year.

The Chorley properties have been built by a range of social landlords.

Adactus Housing Association is leading the way, with 293 new homes built since 2008.

Coun Graham Dunn, who oversees housing at Chorley Council, said: “Government figures show that more affordable homes have been built in Chorley over the past three years than anywhere else in Lancashire and our performance as a local authority is bucking the national trend of a decline in housebuilding.

“We’ve been making pockets of land across the borough that have become derelict available and all our housing association partners have worked with us and contributed to this success.

“We are looking forward to continuing with a vibrant programme of new homes in the future.”

The announcement that Chorley has passed the 500 target comes after the unveiling of new Adactus properties at Clancutt Lane in Coppull.

And with homes currently under construction by Adactus and its sister organisation Chorley Community Housing (CCH) in Chorley and Coppull, the partnership looks set to continue.

Adactus Housing Group chief executive Paul Lees said: “We are delighted to have played a role in helping the council produce more affordable homes in Chorley than anywhere else in Lancashire.

“We have another seventy five houses, flats and bungalows under construction at the moment and are actively discussing with the Council how we can build more.”

Councillor Dunn added: ‘I’m particularly delighted that CCH and Adactus, as they have shown with this scheme at Clancutt Lane, have been able to build so many new homes of such high quality in the borough and are continuing to contribute to the overall housing supply when there is a national shortage of housing.”