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£2.6m affordable homes scheme begins

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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Work has begun on a £2.6m affordable homes scheme - on the site of a former mill.

Twenty-five new houses are being built after plans were drawn up by Contour Homes and Seddon Construction.

The development of the two, three and four-bedroom properties will provide affordable homes in an area of high demand.

Twenty of the new-builds will be available for rent. The remaining five will be offered for sale at 50 percent shared-ownership, helping first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder.

The site in Lees, Oldham once housed Owl Mill, which was built in 1898 and operated until production ceased in 1990 and demolition took place.

Mark Edwards, project manager at Contour Homes, said: “Lees is a popular area and there is strong demand but limited availability of affordable housing. This development is a major investment in the community and we hope it will have a really positive impact, including helping first-time buyers to secure a home of their own.”

The scheme, designed by architects Nicol Thomas, is due to be completed in November and has been supported with more than £500,000 of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Seddon Construction managing director Jonathan Seddon said: “This is an important scheme which will deliver high-quality new affordable homes for the area, creating much-needed homes for rent as well as five shared ownership properties which will provide an opportunity for local people to gain a foothold on the housing ladder.”

Contour Homes is part of the Symphony Group and owns 11,000 properties across the north of England.

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