INTERESTED in buying a heritage terraced house on the outside with eco friendly 21st Century style on the inside?
“You may be able to get a helping hand from Pendle Council,” said housing regeneration leader Coun. Tony Beckett.
“We’re offering to pay up to 5% of the deposit to people buying houses the council has bought and improved.”
The council is urging would-be buyers to look at a row of newly converted terraced homes in Albert Street, in the historic Whitefield area of Nelson.
This summer, the council’s Executive agreed to help towards people’s deposits on homes the council has improved and Albert Street homes are the latest to become available.
Iftekhar Bokhari, who manages regeneration in Whitefield for the council, said: “We’re really proud to be officially launching our latest homes.
“We started renovating them in January and they’ve been turned round in nine months.”
The original homes had been left empty and derelict for a long time and were in need of repairs.
“They’ve been rebuilt internally. We’ve stripped them out and started again.
“The regeneration work will ensure a long-term future for the homes in this historic part of Nelson.”
This latest renovation has been paid for out of the remaining pot of the Government’s Housing Market Renewal Funds and Homes and Communities Agency funds with additional help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mr Bokhari said: “I think they look fantastic! The row includes houses where originally two single properties have been knocked into one to create four bedroom town houses with downstairs toilets, en-suite bathrooms and extended kitchens.
“They’re very spacious inside and have been converted to let lots of light in, including French windows on the ground floor.
“Because they’re eco friendly they’ll be cosy to live in and cheaper to heat and they’re handy for the town centre.”
Pendle’s Mayor Nadeem Ahmed and Deputy Mayor Asjad Mahmood, both Whitefield councillors, welcomed the bid to revitalise the housing market.
The Mayor said: “Buyers have to find at least 10% of the purchase price and for many people it isn’t affordable. That’s why we’re prepared to meet people half way. These are fantastic homes and I’m delighted we’re regenerating this area.”
Coun. Mahmood added: “We’re giving buyers a helping hand which also means fewer houses will stand empty. Then we’ll use the cash from sales to improve more empty homes for sale. It could help to revitalise neighbourhoods like Whitefield and regenerate the housing market, while supporting home buyers.”
Anyone who’d like to see inside the newly improved homes in Albert Street can contact Liberata Property Services on 878934.