NEW housing sites will create much-needed construction jobs in Leigh.
The region’s biggest homes builder today announced that it would be launching eight new sites over the next year - two in the borough - which will mean taking on 2000 new staff across the region.
Barratt Manchester says that it predominately employs local sub-contractors and tradesmen and borough businesses and people will benefit directly from the new jobs.
The two sites are phases at Lea Green and Pennington.
Sales director at Barratt Manchester Jason Newton said today that Prime Minister David Cameron had said “again and again” that one of the best ways to boost economic growth was to get people working through building more homes.
And the plans they have now announced show exactly how that theory works in practice.
He said: “We expect to launch eight new sites this year and these will provide 2,000 desperately needed new homes for local people at a time when there is a chronic shortage of housing. In addition to the local construction jobs created in building the new homes, the local people who move into the new housing will also spend their wages locally.
“This translates into a significant boost for local retailers at a time when concerns remain about the national financial picture.
“It’s exactly what this area needs.”
Mr Newton added that Barratt was also re-introducing 95 per cent mortgages this year for First Time Buyers.
The Lea Green and Pennington Park developments are likely to prove popular, say Barratts, as both are just a short distance from the magnificent Pennington Flash Country Park with the renowned nature reserve also offering a golf course, cycle rides, sailing and water sports.
A brand new Tesco Extra has been built on Leigh Spinning Jenny Way, making life more convenient than ever.
Also situated within close proximity is Leigh Sports Village.
The complex is home to Leigh Centurions and houses a gym, hotel, sixth form college, sports centre including state-of-the-art athletics facilities, and a Morrisons supermarket with future plans for more leisure and specialist retail facilities, as well as restaurants and bars.
Barratt Group sold 11,171 homes in the last financial year, making it the biggest housebuilder by volume in Britain.
The company was also named Housebuilder of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards 2011.