Three local families are to benefit from the first of more than 80 new council homes to be delivered by Tawd Valley Developments for West Lancashire Borough Council (WLBC).
Thirteen energy-efficient homes are being completed at Eskbank, Skelmersdale in the coming fortnight providing a real boost to the local area, with good sized living accommodation, light and spacious rooms and well apportioned gardens. Each will boast a host of energy-saving initiatives including electric vehicle charging points, should tenants need them. The first three homes were handed over today, 8th September, to WLBC.
Built on the site of a former nursery which had been blighting the area and attracting anti-social behaviour, the new affordable homes are a mix of two- and three-bed properties and have been allocated to local families.
“We’re delighted to be improving the local area whilst meeting local people’s housing needs,” said Tawd Valley Developments’ Managing Director, Mark Kitts. “The site was costing the Council money to maintain and insure and this can now be diverted to more productive uses.”
Tawd Valley Developments is wholly-owned by WLBC and is tasked with helping deliver new homes for local residents. It currently has five schemes underway in the borough, which will deliver 81 new council homes. Additional schemes are at the planning stage in Skelmersdale and further afield.
“Our aim is to help the Council meet the community’s housing and economic development needs and generate a surplus for investment in vital public services. We’re already ahead of our business plan, which is good news for the Council and for local residents,” explained Mr Kitts.
Cllr Jenny Wilkie, portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, welcomed delivery of the new homes:
“Tawd Valley Developments has been established to help us accelerate our housing delivery agenda so that more people can enjoy good quality, secure and well-managed homes. These new houses have been designed to help cut energy bills so that we can keep people from energy poverty and I’m delighted with the quality of the build and fit-out. Our residents will enjoy living here, I’m sure, and I look forward to taking receipt of more houses over the coming year.”
Three other Skelmersdale projects are on site, with the 14 new homes at the Fairstead development due to complete at the end of October. Schemes at Brierfield and Northfield will be handed over to the Council in 2022.
The Council was recently successful in its bid to Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, for just over a million pounds to support the delivery of council housing in the Borough by Tawd Valley Developments.
Mark Kitts says the developments are providing the opportunity to engage local school children and college students in the design and construction process. The scheme’s contractor, engineers and architect have all recently delivered workshops at Little Digmoor Primary School and Meet the Employer Events at the Greenhill Community Hub in Skelmersdale, designed to help local residents gain direct access to employers with recruitment needs.
“We have specifically targeted local people and the local supply chain to maximise the economic benefit to West Lancashire of our investment and all are supporting our social aims in different ways. It’s a true partnership that we hope will create career opportunities for local young people.”