The North West housing provider Torus is celebrating the handover of 84 homes at its Fernley Green development in Kew, Southport.
The project has been under construction since 2017 and will ultimately see 153 homes built in partnership with local developer Mulbury, with Phase 2 of the development now complete.
Based on a former brownfield site, Fernley Green is a multi-purpose development designed to appeal to first-time buyers, families and downsizers.
Anna James, Torus Group’s head of developments, said: “As a group, we collaborate with partners who share our values and put our customers and future residents at the heart of everything they do. As such, Fernley Green has, and continues to be, built in a way that encourages the growth of a strong and diverse community.
“I for one, can’t wait to see Fernley Green complete and this latest landmark in its development is another step closer to seeing the affordable housing offer in Southport bolstered with the types of homes that are genuinely needed, built for the people who need them.”
With average house prices in the area around £200,000, Fernley Green aims to bring more affordable homes to a much sought-after area.
The site comprises a mix of two- to four-bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments, available for a mix of shared ownership and affordable and private rent.
The project has recorded high levels of demand, with many of its properties being reserved before they have even been built.
Jeanette Grady, Torus Group’s head of sales, commented that increasing access to more affordable housing options is even more important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial effects.
Grady commented: “Fernley Green showcases the need for a variety of ownership and rental options – specifically shared ownership – in new developments.
“The trend for more flexible options in the housing market is one that will likely grow and adapt with customers’ requirements and as a socially-focused group, a trend we will continue to stay abreast of and lead in the region.”
Glyn Fazackerley, construction director at Mulbury, said: “We have built a great relationship with Torus and we’re thrilled to be supporting its aspirations to create a broad mix of quality homes across the region.
“The homes at Fernley Green offer local people genuine choice over the type of home they want to live in, creating a thriving community in a desirable location.”