Twenty-eight affordable homes will be up for grabs in Barrow by local residents from October.
The two and three-bedroom houses will be available on a shared ownership or affordable rented basis at the former Pendle Garage site, now called Barleyfields. Local residents will be given priority and consideration will be given to people with special housing needs.
Barleyfields is being developed by North West housing association Great Places Housing Group and affordable home ownership company Plumlife, in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, who also collaborated on the popular affordable housing scheme at Petre Wood, Langho. A total of 25 two and three-bedroom properties were made available to local residents at Petre Wood.
Resident Sid Hill said: “We now have a family home at an affordable price in a nice area near our children’s school. It is a lovely little neighbourhood and we couldn’t be happier.”
Neighbour Lorraine Wilson added: “Thanks to this scheme, my daughter and I have new home with a garden and driveway, and we are delighted.”
Two shared ownership properties are still available at Petre Wood, with prices ranging from £66,500 for a 35% share, with £226.42 monthly rent on the remainder, to £142,500 for a 75%, with £87.08 monthly rent on the remainder.
The provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing Ribble Valley Borough Council, which is working closely with housing partners to address the problem. The council’s housing strategy manager, Rachael Stott, said: “We are delighted to have supported these excellent schemes, which have made much-needed high-quality rental and shared ownership properties available to residents with a local connection.”
Anyone interested in a shared ownership or affordable rented property should contact Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing team on 01200 414567.