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Monday, April 18, 2016

New homes on Firbeck will soon be available to rent

An £8 million West Lancashire Borough Council scheme to revive a Skelmersdale estate is entering its final stages as the first batch of new homes there will soon be available to rent.

The Council is building 42 new homes on Firbeck to meet the needs of modern families.

Community regeneration specialist, Keepmoat is the principal contractor building the houses and flats to the council’s specifications. Arcus are providing architectural and employer’s agent services for the project.

Building works on the first eight properties has now been completed and these have been handed over to the authority so staff can organise putting them up for rent.

The eight homes are one bedroom flats but will have the appearance of semi-detached houses. Four flats are ground floor and the other four are first floor. The attractive, energy efficient properties have gas central heating, each flat has its own parking space and each pair of flats has a shared outside space.

People interested in taking these properties should keep an eye out on West Lancs Homefinder (external link) or the West Lancs Homefinder Facebook page (external link) for details of when they will be available.

The new homes are part of the £8m Firbeck Revival scheme which forms part of the wider Skelmersdale Town Centre Regeneration Project. Existing Council-owned properties have already benefitted from new kitchens and bathrooms and external works have transformed the appearance of the estate. Houses have been fitted with new roofs, double-glazed uPVC windows and other improvements including external wall insulation and new canopies over the front doors. Fencing has also been replaced on many homes to complete the transformation and ensure security.

All private home owners on Firbeck took up a Council grant (which is repayable when properties are sold) to have some or all of these improvements carried out to their homes.

Bob Livermore, Director of Housing and Inclusion, said: “I am really pleased that the first batch of these new homes has been completed and we will soon be able to offer them to people who need them.

“The whole Firbeck Revival scheme has been a great success and will benefit the people who live on the estate for many years to come. We plan to use this scheme to guide us in revival schemes for other estates to make even better places to live.”

Frank Mondino, area director for Keepmoat in the North West, said: “It’s fantastic to be supporting the Council deliver on their vision for Firbeck.  As well as offering the provision of much-needed new homes, the regeneration of the existing infrastructure and properties in the area, ensures we are catering for the wider community.  Resident feedback has been incredibly positive and we’re sure the occupants of the new homes will benefit greatly from the revival.”

In total the 42 new homes will be made up of 14 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom flats, and 12 two-bedroom and 4 three-bedroom houses.

This will be only the second batch of new West Lancashire Borough Council homes built in the area in nearly 20 years. The last were ones built on Elmstead, Tanhouse, which were completed in 2011.

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council housing please visit housing.

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