New homes boost for Oldham
Published by Claire Tinston for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities
First Choice Homes Oldham launches first new build homes.
First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) has completed work on its first new build homes – and has promised that more are on the way.
The housing association took over the ownership of the borough’s council homes in February last year, and has already announced the completion of twelve new affordable properties ahead of its first birthday.
“It is a very proud day for us to be able to unveil our first ever new build houses as a Registered Social Landlord,” said Cath Green, FCHO’s Chief Executive.
“Now we are looking forward to handing over the keys to families looking for a home.
“We have always said that we wanted to hit the ground running and make a big investment to improve housing for residents across the borough. These new properties are great news for the area, and this is just the beginning of our plans, with more homes earmarked to be built over the next three years.”
So far 12 new homes have been built. Three have been built on Rufford Close, four on Clyde Street, two on Byland Avenue and three on Hawthorn Road, which attracted £806K from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
All of the houses are built to Code 4 under the Code for Sustainable Homes, making them kinder to the environment with features including solar thermal panels, rainwater harvesting and heat recovery systems.
More new build projects are planned for Burnley Lane, Crompton Street, Coleridge Road, Milne Street and Huddersfield Road over the next three years.
FCHO’s ambitious plans for the future, which are being backed by a further £1.2 million from the HCA, will now see the organisation build a total of 48 more homes in the next three years.
Deborah McLaughlin Executive Director for the North West at HCA, said: “The completion of these much needed new affordable homes is a major achievement for recently formed First Choice Homes and reinforces both their and our commitment to improving housing provision for local people. This marks the beginning of some exciting plans for the area and I look forward to working with partners on the next phase of the development to deliver quality homes that meet local ambitions.”