Residents have now moved into the scheme on Trumacar Gardens on Middleton Road, which was developed by Stanley Land and Homes on behalf of local housing provider Jigsaw Homes Group.
Jigsaw Homes worked closely with Lancaster City Council and Homes England to deliver the 75 homes on land which had been vacant for a number of years.
The development incorporates 8 one-bedroom apartments, 67 two, three and four-bedroom homes including 12 bungalows, all for affordable rent.
It was officially opened by Jigsaw Homes Group Chief Executive Hilary Roberts, alongside Lancaster City Councillors Cllr Colin Hartley, Cllr Catherine Potter and members of Heysham Neighbourhood Council Vice Chair Angela Sykes and executive member Sue Morgan.
Councillor Catherine Potter, who represents the residents of Heysham South, said: “This is an impressive housing development. It’s a beautiful environment and a lovely place for children to grow up and families to live.
“We have insufficient housing stock given our ever-increasing population for both private ownership and the rental market. We desperately need more new housing like this – much more. The Council would very much like to work with Jigsaw to identify further such sites within the district.”
Hilary Roberts said: “We have a great track record of providing a mix of quality, affordable homes that meet the local demand as well as creating real communities. We are really pleased to have worked in partnership with Lancaster City Council, Homes England and Stanley Land and Homes to do just that.”
Resident Brogan Leigh-McDowall, moved in to her new home in May with her two children, after her previous landlord put her rented house up for sale.
She said: “Without this house I was going to be homeless, so I feel so lucky to have been offered it. I was so shocked by how big it is, the quality and having so much space. The garden is great for the children and they are already settled and making friends. This feels like my forever home.”
Bhups Gosal, Head of Provider Management at Homes England, commented: “Despite the challenges affecting the country, accelerating housebuilding remains our number one priority. We are committed to supporting Jigsaw Homes with their ambitions to build new homes and our investment through the Affordable Housing Programme allows us to do that. We’re delighted that this funding has enabled Jigsaw Homes to deliver much needed new homes in Heysham.”
The homes benefit from high-quality private gardens and landscaped open space, car parking and electric vehicle charging points. Refuse/recycling storage is also included, as well as a children’s play area.
The development was built by contractors Casey, designed by Eden Building Design and the Employers Agent was Wilkinson Cowan Partnership.