Social housing boost for borough families

MORE than 30 new ‘council’ houses have been built.

A total of 35 new homes have been completed at the site of the former Orchards Day Centre, in Chatham Street, in Leigh. The new development has helped strengthen the supply of social housing in the borough with more than a hundred new rented homes built in the last year.

The development of two-bedroomed apartments and two, three and four-bedroomed houses are the latest in the new-build partnership programme between the council and Wigan and Leigh Housing.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet champion for communities and the environment, said: “Last year I was delighted to welcome a Leyther into the first new council house built in our borough for a generation.

“I’m proud that it wasn’t a one-off, and that we have had a successful partnership to deliver, so far, 105 new homes to such a high standard.”

The £3.5m project has been built by Eric Wright Construction and has provided a much needed boost to the house building industry in the Wigan borough, creating local employment and training opportunities.

The project has been supported by £1.4m of investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as well as Wigan Council’s own funding and land.

The homes will be available for rent to families registered on the council waiting list who are in need of accommodation.

A new local lettings policy has been developed to help create a better mix of tenants on the new estate.

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director North West at the HCA, added: “I am pleased to see that the fantastic Orchards scheme is now complete.“