Residents have been left cheering after a £3 million scheme to breathe new life into an abandoned housing site officially got under way.
Mulbury Homes has partnered with Together Housing Group to complete long-awaited work in Knotts Lane and end ten years of uncertainty for locals.
Twenty-one homes will be built on the development, which was stalled more than a decade ago when the previous developer went into liquidation.
Once completed, the family homes will be made available for social rent by Housing Pendle, part of Together Housing Group.
Coun. Tony Greaves said: “This is very good news - it has taken ten years to get it sorted.
“The residents I have spoken to have all said ‘thank goodness, at last’. Everybody is cheering really.
“We have given planning permission for the rest of the development several times, and until this time it has always fallen through. Originally the people developing it stopped when the owner of the company died. Then it has been through several companies... and it’s really been very unsatisfactory and out of the control of the council.
“At last local people have managed to get a grip on it, and now it is happening.
“It will provide much-needed new homes for people on a brownfield site, which is what we want to see.”
The development will provide 15 two-bedroom houses and six three-bedroom houses, some of which include integral garages.
It will see the refurbishment of six part-built homes, the completion of 10 more under a historic planning consent and the construction of five new units under a new planning consent. It is expected to be completed by December.
Greg Mulligan, a director at Mulbury Homes, said: “Construction work has now officially commenced on the Knotts Lane project and it feels great to finally get the ball rolling towards delivering this site. It will allow Together Housing Group to provide new and sustainable homes in the local area.
“The scheme will not only help regenerate this area of Colne but we are taking on three apprentices from the local area to help deliver the scheme.”