RESIDENTS are set to move into brand new homes after unused industrial land in Kirkham town centre was transformed into affordable housing.
The site of a former builder’s merchant off Orders Lane in Kirkham underwent a major redevelopment by St Annes-based New Fylde Housing, creating 26 new affordable homes.
The scheme, which includes 20 two-bedroom apartments for rent and six three-bed houses for shared ownership, has been officially opened at an unveiling event by New Fylde Housing’s chairman, David Morris, and the Mayor of Kirkham, Coun Peter Hardy.
The completion of the development means residents will be able to move into their homes before Christmas.
Those who attended the opening were given tours of the new £3m development, which received a grant of £1.3m from the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the national Affordable Homes Programme.
Coun Peter Hardy said: “The scheme looks excellent and has greatly improved an area that has been derelict for too long.
“Developing the former builder’s merchant site is an important part of our efforts to regenerate and boost the economic fortunes of Kirkham town centre.
“We’ve created some much-needed affordable homes for Kirkham, and we hope that the resident enjoy them.”
The new homes meet high environmental and sustainability standards, which will reduce the homes’ impact on the environment and reduce the running costs for residents, through features such as highly energy efficient boilers and water saving measures.
The new properties are only available to applicants with a local connection to Fylde, with priority given to people with a local connection to Kirkham and Wesham.
The three-bedroom semi-detached homes are on the market for £165,000 with buyers able to buy a 50 per cent share of the home – £82,500 – and pay rent on the remaining share. The homes are being sold by Richard Wilson Estate Agents in Kirkham.
David Morris, chairman of New Fylde Housing, said: “We are really pleased the development is complete and the residents will be able to settle into their new homes in time for Christmas.”