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New council homes completed in Oldham

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

New council homes completed in Oldham New council homes completed in Oldham

Oldham Council has unveiled the first new homes built as part of the £113 million ‘Gateways to Oldham’ PFI contract.

The first batch of 87 houses at Crossley has been completed and tenants have moved in.

Joanne Cumberbirch lived on the estate until 2010 – her mum and sister are long-time tenants - but her family outgrew their then home.

The mother-of-three has now returned. She said: “It’s so good to be back as Crossley has a great community spirit. My youngest child has made lots of new friends already and she feels safe and secure when she’s out playing with her friends.

“Our new home is fantastic – it feels a lot warmer than the previous house we lived in.”

The council and the Inspiral Oldham consortium, made up of John Laing and Great Places Housing Group, officially entered into the landmark Gateways to Oldham 25-year PFI contract in November 2011.

The project is seeing affordable housing contractor, Wates Living Space, construct and refurbish around 700 homes at Primrose Bank, Dew Way in West Oldham, Keswick Avenue in Fitton Hill as well as Crossley.

The properties will be managed by the Great Places Housing Group, maintained by Wates Living Space and will be made available for rent through the Choice Based Lettings Scheme, operated on the Authority’s behalf by First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO).

Half the homes at Crossley will be allocated to those who qualify as Working Xtra applicants: to qualify, applicants must be working, in training, caring for a family member or volunteering.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for environment and housing, said: “I’m delighted these houses have taken shape and residents are moving into them – they are at the heart of the regeneration of Crossley.

“The Gateways to Oldham project has provided more than 80 quality family homes on Crossley, all built to the highest specification and green standards. The homes will benefit the people living in them and make a positive impact on the immediate and wider community.

“Through the Get Oldham Working scheme we are committed to creating 2,015 employment opportunities by 2015 and the Gateways to Oldham contract is a great example of this initiative in action. The project has created jobs and training opportunities in the supply chain, which have boosted the borough."

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