New homes are being built in all corners of Pendle as the demand for houses grows.
Several multi-million pound schemes are underway with a total worth of £50m.
And there is promise of more to follow.
Coun. Asjad Mahmood who leads on housing for the borough said:“The housing market in Pendle is on the up.
“Our aim to provide a great range of housing right across Pendle is becoming a reality.”
And Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, added: “We’re working in different parts of our district to make sure Pendle is a great place to live and for families to put down roots.
“We’ve several new housing sites well underway and others nearing completion, with a total development value of over £50m.
“We’re experiencing an upsurge in planning applications and completion of new houses went up by 48% last year which is expected to rise to 84% this year.”
Pendle Council’s joint venture company with local contractor and developer Barnfield Construction called Pendle Enterprise And Regeneration Ltd is on site at Carry Lane, Colne, working on a new £6.1m. housing development. Tim Webber, Managing Director of Barnfield and PEARL board member, explained: “Through PEARL we’re building 33 new three and four bedroom detached and semi-detached family homes at Carry Lane.
“The new homes will have gardens and countryside views and there’ll be bungalows for elderly people.
“The Carry Lane development will be finished next year and will include an attractive green space between homes on Broken Banks and the new housing.”
PEARL is also building 12 new bungalows on the upper part of the site for the Peter Birtwistle Trust which provides supported accommodation for elderly Colne residents.
The new homes will form an extension to their existing bungalow scheme on Peter Birtwistle Close and should be ready in March 2018.
In Brierfield, work is well underway at Clitheroe Road, for another PEARL housing project where Barnfield Construction is building a £6.7m. development called Foxhills.
These new homes will be built on land which has stood empty for some years since the demolition of old terrace properties.
It is close to the eye-catching new development at Lob Lane Mill as well as the Quaker Heights development.
The first phase, building two and three bedroom bungalows and three bedroom semi-detached homes, is due for completion later this year.
“Foxhills has stunning views out to Pendle and is close to PEARL’s flagship project Northlight at Brierfield Mills,” said Councillor Iqbal.
Gareth Smith, Project Manager at Barnfield Construction added: “This new development will be in a great position between town and country, next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with excellent commuting links only minutes away.”
Other developments in Pendle include Together Housing’s development to build nine houses and six bungalows for affordable rent at White Grove near Alkincoats Park, Colne, and at Briercliffe Avenue in Colne.
Private developers are also investing in Pendle with three, four, and five bedroom homes being built by Seddon Homes at Salterforth and Persimmon Homes building two, three, four and five bedroom homes including bungalows in the Knotts Lane area of Colne.
And in Fence, Skipton Properties is building two, three and four bedroom homes at Spring Mill, Wheatley Lane Road.
And there is also the controversial 500 home development of Trough Laithe Farm close to the by-pass in Barrowford.
Coun. Mahmood concluded: “Such a wide range of housing choice, including affordable new housing to buy and to rent, is good news for Pendle people of all ages, including first time buyers.”