The first council homes built in Bolton for more than 20 years are ready for tenants.
Seventeen new homes have been built in Heywood Street, in Little Lever, to help alleviate a shortage of affordable homes.
The £1.8m scheme has been funded by Bolton Council with investment from the Homes and Community Agency (HCA).
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Nick Peel and Homes and Community Agency’s Area Director for Greater Manchester, David Chilton were the first to take a look around the finished houses today (February 28).
The development consists of 10 two-bedroom apartments, five three-bedroom houses, one four-bedroom house and one three-bedroom home, which has been specifically adapted for a tenant with disabilities.
The homes have been built to be energy efficient and will meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, making these the first council homes in Bolton to have this high level of energy efficiency.
Tenants will be moving into the homes over the next few weeks.
The scheme also contains leisure space and parking provision, with shared communal allotment spaces to the rear of the apartments.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “These are the first homes to have been built in more than two decades in Bolton. Like all local authorities we have a real shortage of affordable housing and these houses will help provide much needed new housing for local people.
“These are good quality, spacious homes with reduced running costs. The houses have solar panels that help heat the water to reduce the costs of providing hot water and photovoltaic panels which generate power to reduce electricity bills.”
Executive director North West at the HCA, Deborah McLaughlin, added: “I am pleased to see that these new homes have been completed to such a high standard. We worked closely with Bolton Council to understand the housing needs of the area and affordable homes like these were clearly an important priority for the local community. I wish the tenants all the best in their new homes.”
Bolton at Home, the council's housing management company, will manage the new homes. Southdales contractors built the homes for the council.