Housebuilder’s 1,500 North West jobs boost

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Housebuilders Barratt Developments (North West) is to create a total of 1,500 extra jobs this year.

The group, which incorporates Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, is to build 1,300 new homes across the region.

A buoyant housing market is good news for the local economy as in addition to the local construction jobs created by building the new homes, the local people who move into the new housing will also spend their wages locally.

Bernard Rooney

This constitutes a 10 per cent rise in the number of homes being built compared to last year.

The expansion plans follow a strong recovery in the housing market following the launch of the Help to Buy scheme.

Barratts and DWH already have a number of successful developments including Cottam Meadow and Cromwell Heights, near Preston.

The group predominately employs local sub-contractors and tradesmen – so it says local businesses and people will benefit directly from the jobs.

Bernard Rooney, Regional Managing Director, Barratt Developments, said: “We have seen demand for new homes expand very quickly over the year and the new sites we are opening mean that there will be more choice for local buyers.

“A buoyant housing market is good news for the local economy as in addition to the local construction jobs created by building the new homes, the local people who move into the new housing will also spend their wages locally.

“This means a significant boost for local retailers as well.

“It’s exactly what this area needs,” he added.