A new housing development has launched in Rossendale, providing affordable homes for local people.
Jigsaw Homes worked closely with Rossendale Council and Homes England to deliver the 37 homes on the site of the former Slingco factory, following the company’s relocation to Rawtenstall.
The development incorporates 7 two and 22 three-bedroom homes and 8 one-bedroom apartments, all for affordable rent.
It was officially opened by Jigsaw Homes Group Chief Executive Hilary Roberts, Group Director of Development Katie Marshall and Group Director of Neighbourhoods and Support Donna Kelly, alongside local councillor Janet Whitehead and Business Development Manager at Westchurch Homes, Oliver Chan.
Councillor Whitehead, who represents the residents of Facit and Shawforth, said: “This is a lovely high-quality 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 and desperately need more new housing like this for local people.”
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 Rossendale Council, Homes England and Westchurch Homes to deliver this scheme which has had excellent feedback already from our new residents.”
Joanne Davies is one resident who has moved in to a three-bedroom home on the development with her husband and two children, after her previous landlord sold their rented property.
She said: “I had been waiting on the housing list for three years due to my medical needs and when I found out I had been accepted for this development I was so happy I cried. To me it is more than a house; it’s a home and a new start, with a safe space for my daughter to play. We have started to form a lovely community, with the children already settled and making new friends. It has already changed my life for the better.”
The homes benefit from private gardens, green ‘grasscrete’ car parking instead of tarmac spaces and electric vehicle charging points. Refuse/recycling storage is also included, and there will be a cycle lane re-opening shortly.