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A NEW £2.1m affordable housing scheme in Clitheroe has seen its first residents move in.

Annette and John Duff are enjoying their brand new home at Primrose View and recently attended the development’s formal opening, together with Contour Homes and Ribble Valley Homes staff, other residents and local dignitaries.

Primrose View is the first joint project between Contour Homes and Ribble Valley Homes since becoming part of the Symphony Housing Group in April this year.

Nicky Harris Project Manager for Symphony Housing Group said: “Contour Homes has developed the new homes at Primrose View, which will comprise 13 rented properties and 12 shared ownership properties.

“Now Ribble Valley Homes will become the managing agent and will look after the homes from its Clitheroe head office. Another first for Primrose View is that it also represents the first ‘new affordable rent’ scheme for the group.”

The scheme has been supported by a grant of £1.12m. from the National Affordable Housing Programme, with Contour Housing Group providing the rest of the funding.

The area has a three to five-year waiting list for social housing properties and this scheme has been very much in demand.

Among the first to move in, Annette and John Duff have lived in private rented accommodation for the past 15 years.

“Private rented is fine, but we really wanted something more permanent,” said Annette. “This is a lovely place to live and we didn’t want to leave the area and so it was just a case of waiting for a suitable home to come up. It’s been a long wait but we are over the moon with our new house.”

The development has come in on time and under budget and Contour Homes and Ribble Valley Homes are looking forward to further collaboration in the future.

Christine Grimshaw, Managing Director of Ribble Valley Homes, said: “It was great to work with our Contour Homes colleagues on what has proven to be an extremely successful first joint venture.

“I am particularly pleased that the shared ownership element is going so well. Shared ownership sometimes gets a bad press but this scheme shows that in the right location and in the right market it works very well – as sales here have demonstrated.”

Enjoying views across open countryside, Primrose View has been built in an established residential area on the outskirts of Clitheroe, where property prices are at a premium.

Coun. Stuart Hirst, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee, said: “There is a desperate shortage of affordable property in Ribble Valley, with many young families being priced out of the market, and these new homes will help to alleviate the situation.

“We have worked closely with Symphony Housing to bring this important scheme to fruition and I am sure local people will be delighted with these new high-quality affordable homes.”