Adactus Housing Group has unveiled a plaque on a bungalow to mark completion of the 500th new home built by the Group in Chorley since 2007. Adactus Chief Executive Paul Lees unveiled the plaque on Thirlmere Road, Chorley on Tuesday 19th January 2016.
The 500 homes, built by Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and Adactus Housing Association, represent an investment of more than £50 million in new housing by the Adactus Housing Group over this period and there is more to come. Adactus Chief Executive Paul Lees said: “I am absolutely delighted that CCH and Adactus Housing Association have between them provided 500 new homes in Chorley since 2007. 100 more homes will be built in Chorley by CCH and Adactus in 2016. Across the North West, we’ll be building over 700 new homes this year to help the Council here in Chorley and local authorities elsewhere in the region to meet the housing needs of the borough.”
The properties built so far are a mixture of houses, flats and bungalows both in Chorley and surrounding villages. The homes, which include properties for rent and shared ownership, have provided accommodation for more than 800 people.
Councillor Steve Murfitt, lead member for Housing at Chorley Council, said:
“This major milestone is doubly pleasing to us, because not only has the 500th home now been built providing much needed affordable housing for local people, this whole development is such a huge improvement on what was on the site previously. This site had blighted this neighbourhood for decades – it was a former children’s home that was derelict and became a target for vandals and anti-social behaviour. We bought the site, demolished the building and made it available to Chorley Community Housing which has built these attractive homes much improving the local area for residents. This site is one of a number of small pockets of derelict land across the borough that we’ve made available to provide affordable homes.”
Alan Cain, Chair of CCH, said: “500 new homes in the relatively short time CCH has been in existence is a fantastic achievement.”
The three bungalows that have been built at Thirlmere Road have been constructed by Adactus Housing Group’s in-house construction division AdCo. Amongst the new residents at Thirlmere Road is Hazel Holden, who has moved in to a bungalow with her daughter Bryony. Hazel said: “I am delighted with my new home. It’s brilliant and I love the bathroom.”
“The homes we have built have created jobs in the construction industry locally, sustained local businesses and provided training and employment opportunities for local people,” commented Paul Lees. “We believe that building new homes is good for the prosperity of the local economy as well as revitalising neighbourhoods and providing people with warm and secure places to live. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Chorley Council to deliver its objectives to provide more affordable housing in the borough throughout 2016 and beyond.”