A sod-cutting ceremony marked the start of work on a multi-million pound development that will bring new affordable homes to Leyland.
Progress Housing Group will develop the site and create 12 two-bedroomed houses and eight one-bedroomed flats on the site of the former British Legion Club in School Lane.
“The new homes, situated right in the heart of Leyland town centre and opposite St Mary’s RC Primary School is an ideal location for families and I’m sure demand for these houses will be high”Coun Cliff Hughes
The project is being funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme with the support of South Ribble Council and building contractors Strategic Team Group.
Eric Tamanis, executive director of business development and property services at Progress Housing Group, said: “This development will breathe new life into a plot of land in the heart of Leyland which has lain empty for some time; so not only will it bring much-needed, high quality, affordable homes but it will also helped regenerate this part of the town.”
Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for strategic planning and housing at the council, added: “People can sometimes struggle to get onto the property ladder and that’s why we are committed to developments such as this, where affordable homes are available for rent, because they offer such an important opportunity for our residents.
“The new homes, situated right in the heart of Leyland town centre and opposite St Mary’s RC Primary School is an ideal location for families and I’m sure demand for these houses will be high.”
Strategic Team Group’s regional operations manager for the north west, Richard Marshall, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Progress Housing Group, helping to address local housing needs.
“This scheme is being delivered through our Land Inclusive Development service whereby the Group has been able to minimise risk and take advantage of Strategic Team Group funding the project through planning, site purchase and early stages of the development.”
The homes will be let to people with a connection to Leyland. It is hoped that the scheme will be completed by April 2016.