Thursday, August 15, 2019

New affordable homes to be offered in Skelmersdale

If you are looking for a new home in Skelmersdale, keep an eye out for new affordable homes that will soon be available to rent and buy.

West Lancashire Borough Council has been working with Bolton at Home Housing Association to make 45 new properties available for affordable rent and sale through shared ownership at Abbeystead in Skelmersdale. The first of the new homes are expected to be completed in September 2019 with the rest of the development being completed by March 2020. The new homes will be owned and managed by Bolton at Home.

There will be eleven two–bedroom houses, six three-bedroom houses and one two bed apartment available for shared ownership sale through Stonecross Homes, who are a part of Bolton at Home.

The rental housing will provide four one-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom apartment, eleven three-bedroom houses, four two-bedroom houses and seven two-bedroom bungalows. The Council will be nominating tenants for the rental housing.

Councillor Jenny Wilkie, portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, said: “The Council has made a commitment to providing affordable housing. The development of these homes is another example of how we are delivering that promise to people in our communities by working in partnership with a range of delivery partners. This development will provide much needed affordable homes.”

Dominic Conway, Bolton at Home Director of Development, said: “We are pleased to be working with West Lancashire Borough Council and to acquire and develop new homes for affordable rent and sale. We are thrilled that the first of the new properties are nearing completion and will meet an affordable housing need in the borough.”

The rental properties will be advertised on HomeFinder, the Council’s choice based letting scheme. You will need to be registered with HomeFinder so you can bid for properties. Information on how to register for HomeFinder is also available on Homefinder (external link). If you are interested in these properties, please check the website regularly as they will be advertised ahead of their completion.

For information about the shared ownership property, please contact Stonecross Homes (external link) on 01204 329922 or by emailing For information about Bolton at Home call 01204 328000 or visit Bolton At Home (external link).

Note to reporter:
Shared ownership is an approach that enables eligible households to buy their home in affordable stages, paying rent to the association on the portion of the home's value they don’t yet own.

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