New affordable homes for Oldham
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
Construction has started on 78 new affordable homes at Keswick in Oldham.
The properties are being built as part of the £113 million “Gateways to Oldham” PFI contract.
Oldham Council and the Inspiral Oldham consortium, which consists of John Laing, Great Places Housing Group and Wates Living Space, officially entered into the 25-year PFI contract in November 2011.
The new homes, on the site of the long-demolished Fitton Hill Junior School, will be built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes meaning that they will be high quality and eco-friendly and have A-rated gas boilers.
In addition, the 10% on site renewable energy requirement of the planning condition will be met by providing solar thermal equipment to heat the hot water in all the properties.
The three, four and five-bed homes will be managed by Great Places and maintained by Wates on behalf of the council.
Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for environment and housing, said: “These new builds will provide much-needed family homes and the start of work is another milestone in the regeneration of Fitton Hill.
“Once construction is finished families will be moving into modern new accommodation and saving money on their energy bills as their new homes have been built to the highest eco-standards.
“Oldham Council and our partners are building or refurbishing around 700 homes at four sites across the borough over the coming years, which shows how we are providing high quality housing for residents."