Residents have now moved into the scheme on Bryn Road, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, which was developed by the Wigan-based Heaton Group on behalf of local housing provider Jigsaw Homes Group.
Jigsaw Homes worked closely with Wigan Council and Homes England to deliver the 21 homes on the site of the former St Peter’s Church, helping to bring a vacant brownfield site back to life.
Councillor Susan Gambles, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Welfare at Wigan Council, visited the development, which incorporates 10 family homes for affordable rent, and 11 one-bedroom apartments for people on the path to living independently.
Councillor Gambles said: “This is a fantastic development, with a really warm and welcoming atmosphere and the obvious care and thought that has gone into the design to make sure it works for residents.
“These homes have been built to a high standard- providing great homes in our borough now and for the future. By providing ‘move on’ accommodation in the apartments, we are helping people to take that next step towards living independently.
“We also know there is a shortage of social housing across the country and as a council we are working proactively to build more homes in our borough, for people who need them.
“I am really excited about what we have been able to achieve at this development, and this is just part of our ongoing commitment to work with partners to provide a range of much needed homes for local people.”
Katie Marshall, Group Director of Development and People at Jigsaw Homes, said: “We have a long standing commitment to the borough, with a great track record of providing a mix of sustainable homes that meet the local demand as well as creating real communities. We are really pleased to have worked in partnership with Wigan Council, Homes England and the Heaton Group to do just that.”
The homes benefit from high-quality landscaped private gardens and external communal space as well as car parking with accessible bays and electric vehicle charge points. Secure cycle parking and refuse/recycling storage is also included.