6 Oldham families in new affordable homes for Christmas
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Six families in Oldham have got the keys to new affordable homes in time for Christmas.
The properties make up a £1 million development at Bucket Street in Uppermill, and are part of a wider £6.5 million scheme that will eventually see 65 new family homes built in Oldham over the next three years.
The building work is being funded by New Charter Housing Trust Group, a £1.6 million grant from the HCA and Oldham Council.
The occasion was marked by the laying of a ceremonial stone by local apprentice Harry Pattinson, 16, who works for the contractor who built the homes, Wiggett.
The energy efficient homes have driveways and gardens and have been designed with period features, chimneys and lead detail to fit in with the local conservation area.
The Clark Family has just moved into one of the homes with their four children, including new twins born just weeks ago.
Dad Martin (pictured with the twins) has recently left the Army after seven years’ service to spend more time with his family, and will start his new job as a bus driver soon.
The new residents received Christmas hampers from their landlord, Aksa Homes, which is part of New Charter.
Mushtaq Khan, director of Aksa Homes said: “It’s great to be able to give families who’ve made a positive contribution to the community a new home before Christmas.
“These are our first properties in Uppermill and as Buckley Street is in a local conservation area, we’ve been very careful to work with residents to make sure that the homes reflect the current surroundings.
“Affordable family homes like this are in high demand and we’re pleased to have been able to work with partners to build a development that offers quality accommodation and one that looks equally as good.”