Affordable housing developer Tawd Valley Developments has celebrated securing the latest grant from Homes England to support the delivery of new stock for West Lancashire Borough Council.
The £945,000 award will go towards the firm’s £2m, 27-unit scheme at Northfield in Skelmersdale, which is due to handover to the council in October this year.
This sum brings the total amount secured by Tawd Valley Developments on behalf of West Lancashire Council to £2m in the last twelve months. Managing Director Mark Kitts believes the relationship with Homes England is only set to grow, to the benefit of local residents.
“We aim to demonstrate that we’re a reliable delivery partner and that we can take our relationship up a notch,” he said. “Our focus is on delivering sustainable development that adds value for the people of West Lancashire whilst fulfilling the government’s housing ambitions.”
Kitts says that working alongside the Council in addressing local housing needs is a major priority and providing homes across affordable housing tenures and the ladder to home ownership are amongst the biggest strategic challenges faced by the different agencies involved in social and affordable housing.
“There is a big funding challenge here that can’t be ignored,” he says. “We welcome the ongoing engagement and support from government and Homes England in addressing our own estate renewal needs so that ultimately everyone in West Lancashire can enjoy homes of a good standard.
“We’re exploring further funding opportunities with Homes England but in the meantime we remain extremely focused on demonstrating our live delivery capabilities.”
TVD’s track record bears comparison, says Mr Kitts. The firm recently completed thirteen new homes at Eskbank, 17 in Brierfield and 14 at Fairstead, all in Skelmersdale. Another development at Westhead (10) is due for completion this summer and its biggest scheme to date, building 50 new homes at Fairlie has recently started.
TVD’s sole shareholder is West Lancashire Borough Council. Councillor Nicola Pryce-Roberts, portfolio holder for housing and landlord services, said: “This level of support from Homes England is testament to TVD’s track record in delivering quality homes on behalf of the council.”
“We’re pleased that the company is continuing to strategically develop important partnerships like this. The issues facing those who are struggling to rent properties that offer value for money and are of the standard of accommodation everyone deserves is an urgent nation-wide issue; each home TVD delivers helps to alleviate that problem.”