Abandoned £3m. Colne home building scheme back on track

Eyesore site will be regenerated
Eyesore site will be regenerated
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The Together Housing Group has rescued an abandoned £3million development in Colne.

The social landlord, who runs Housing Pendle, has stepped into resurrect plans to build 21 homes on a site in Knotts Lane, a development which was left partially-built when the previous developer went into liquidation.

Since then, the development had been an eyesore, until Housing Pendle stepped in and, along with developer Mulbury Homes, have teamed up to create much-needed family homes available for social rent.

Janette Taylor, head of Housing Pendle, said: “Everyone is aware of the need for affordable housing so we’re delighted to have been able to complete this development.”

The £3m scheme will provide 15 two-bedroom houses and six three-bedroom houses, some of which include integral garages and will provide families with high-quality housing that will help people deal with fuel poverty.

Janette said: “This is a real boost for the people of the borough and will put this part of Colne back on the map.”

Greg Mulligan, a director of Mulbury Homes, added: “This project ends ten years of uncertainty for local residents.

“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’s a scheme that once again demonstrates our expertise for developing difficult sites.

“After investing heavily in our construction expertise, this will also be our first project as main contractor and we are looking forward immensely to working with our partners to deliver a quality product.”

Mulbury Homes has secured the site and preparations are being made for building work to commence in January. The homes are expected to be completed by December, 2015.