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Thursday, July 24, 2014

New affordable homes will soon be available in Hesketh Bank for people aged over 55

People over the age of 55 looking to buy a home in Hesketh Bank will soon have a chance to purchase one of six new affordable properties in the area.

The new homes on Carr Heyes Drive all have two bedrooms and consist of four apartments and two bungalows Preference will be given to households with a local connection to Hesketh Bank.

The homes are being made available for sale through shared ownership, thanks to West Lancashire Borough Council working in partnership Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT). 

Councillor Andrew Fowler, West Lancashire Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing Finance, and Regeneration and Estates said: “The Council appreciates that many people have difficulty in affording a home in our area. We are committed to tackling this problem and part of our approach involves working with housing associations like Liverpool Housing Trust to ensure that more affordable housing opportunities are available.”

Councillor Jane Houlgrave, Portfolio Holder for Landlord Services and Transformation said: Shared ownership is just one of the approaches the Council uses to try and provide much needed affordable housing in the Borough. This latest release of affordable housing provides an opportunity for eligible households to buy their home in affordable stages. They can buy a share of up to 75% of the home and then will pay rent to the association on the portion of the homes value they don’t yet own.”

The Council works hard to identify housing needs within the borough and works with a number of partners, including LHT, to meet those needs.

The new homes are owned and managed by LHT, and people who want to buy one of the properties must be over 55 and eligible for affordable housing in the area.

Lin Powell, LHT Development Manager, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to develop these homes as they represent the second and final stage of our affordable housing development plans for Carr Heyes Drive."

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