New homes in Accrington regeneration area unveiled

New homes in Accrington regeneration area unveiled

New homes in Accrington regeneration area unveiled

New homes in Accrington regeneration area unveiled

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Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

HOMES at the heart of a multi-million pound regeneration project in Accrington opened their doors to the public on Saturday.

Two showrooms in the Woodnook area, which is undergoing a £15million facelift, will be open from 11am to 4pm.

Number 11 Hudson Street and number 33 Augusta Street, a three-bedroom and two-bedroom home respectively, will be shown off by empty homes developer PlaceFirst, Together Housing Group, and Hyndburn Council.

The project will bring more than 150 empty properties back into use as fair value, energy efficient homes.

Managing director of PlaceFirst, David Smith-Milne, said: “The new show homes at Woodnook have been finished to a very high standard. “Bringing empty period properties back to life is a complex task, and each property has its own unique set of challenges.

“But we feel the end result speaks for itself - modern, spacious, energy efficient homes that blend the best of old and new and create a step change in the quality of privately rented housing.”

Phase two of the project got underway in March, where 60 more homes across the wider Woodnook area, including in Royds Street, will be refurbished. The area will also receive a number of environmental improvements, including a residents’ garden, facelift work to all properties in Nuttall Street, and the creation of a new public square.

Coun Miles Parkinson, leader of Hyndburn Council said: “This is one of the main regeneration projects leading on from the cutting of the funding for market housing renewal.

“This is pleasing and of course developments will move at a pace now. We will see a new Woodnook next year and will offer housing for first-timers that will be affordable with the latest energy-saving products to keep down prices.”

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6:09pm Sun 25 May 14

wilddog says...

Instead of wasting money giving facelifts and a sq, as a thought, why not use all the money for wot it was meant for, Doing the derelict house up? Its wot i thought it was for instead of wasting money doing the shops and houses up that are actually lived in, so therefore giving them a free job?
Instead of wasting money giving facelifts and a sq, as a thought, why not use all the money for wot it was meant for, Doing the derelict house up? Its wot i thought it was for instead of wasting money doing the shops and houses up that are actually lived in, so therefore giving them a free job? wilddog
  • Score: 14

7:36pm Sun 25 May 14

churchman says...

woodnook again.say no more.
woodnook again.say no more. churchman
  • Score: 12

9:05am Mon 26 May 14

Cllr Ken Moss says...

They have been given a complete makeover and are now totally unrecognisable. I would be proud to live in a house like that and this is the best example I have ever seen of local government and private industry working together.

The houses are to be rented to working families and the alleys will be gated to prevent crime. This is a very positive development and will regenerate an area which is widely regarded to be the slums of all Hyndburn.
They have been given a complete makeover and are now totally unrecognisable. I would be proud to live in a house like that and this is the best example I have ever seen of local government and private industry working together. The houses are to be rented to working families and the alleys will be gated to prevent crime. This is a very positive development and will regenerate an area which is widely regarded to be the slums of all Hyndburn. Cllr Ken Moss
  • Score: 6

11:21am Mon 26 May 14

Garinda says...

Since HBC are opposed to the 'bedroom tax', what percentage of the refurbished properties are going to be 1 bedroomed homes, as opposed to larger family homes?
Since HBC are opposed to the 'bedroom tax', what percentage of the refurbished properties are going to be 1 bedroomed homes, as opposed to larger family homes? Garinda
  • Score: 8

11:47am Mon 26 May 14

Garinda says...

Just seen this....

"At the moment many of the properties are simply too small to cope with families with more than one child, so we will create a mix of two, three and four bedroomed properties,"
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lan
cashire-20897748

So that's none then? Seems a bit of a wasted opportunity.

There are examples were traditional terraced houses have been converted into one bedroomed homes in Oswaldtwistle, that people love living in.

Perhaps securing votes is seen as more important than addressing real problems.

Problems such as the people in Hyndburn who are being forced to pay the bedroom tax, because of the lack of one bedroomed properties in the borough.
Just seen this.... "At the moment many of the properties are simply too small to cope with families with more than one child, so we will create a mix of two, three and four bedroomed properties," http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lan cashire-20897748 So that's none then? Seems a bit of a wasted opportunity. There are examples were traditional terraced houses have been converted into one bedroomed homes in Oswaldtwistle, that people love living in. Perhaps securing votes is seen as more important than addressing real problems. Problems such as the people in Hyndburn who are being forced to pay the bedroom tax, because of the lack of one bedroomed properties in the borough. Garinda
  • Score: 4

12:50pm Mon 26 May 14

ossybsting says...

most comments NEGATIVE whats wrong with you people,if you don't like it go live in a coal mine
most comments NEGATIVE whats wrong with you people,if you don't like it go live in a coal mine ossybsting
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Mon 26 May 14

jimpy0 says...

parents and 2-3-4 kids grew up in these properties for years before they were left to wrack and ruin - it was called northern life, many had and some still do have outside bogs
parents and 2-3-4 kids grew up in these properties for years before they were left to wrack and ruin - it was called northern life, many had and some still do have outside bogs jimpy0
  • Score: 4

1:59pm Mon 26 May 14

sean_brfc says...

Garinda wrote:
Since HBC are opposed to the 'bedroom tax', what percentage of the refurbished properties are going to be 1 bedroomed homes, as opposed to larger family homes?
If HBC AGREED with the Bedroom tax, THEN they ought to provide plenty of one-bedroom accommodation. Since they are opposed because it is wrong that poor people are being forced out of their homes and into smaller and smaller accommodation, I think that it is right that the terraced houses, which are already small enough, are not being divided up.
[quote][p][bold]Garinda[/bold] wrote: Since HBC are opposed to the 'bedroom tax', what percentage of the refurbished properties are going to be 1 bedroomed homes, as opposed to larger family homes?[/p][/quote]If HBC AGREED with the Bedroom tax, THEN they ought to provide plenty of one-bedroom accommodation. Since they are opposed because it is wrong that poor people are being forced out of their homes and into smaller and smaller accommodation, I think that it is right that the terraced houses, which are already small enough, are not being divided up. sean_brfc
  • Score: 3

10:46pm Mon 26 May 14

Ronnietate says...

When they are rented out, will the property agents be demanding the following fees. Application Fee, Credit Check Fee, Tenancy Agreement Fee, in addition to first months rent plus security deposit?

The Estate agents that rent out private properties are out of control with all their different fees.
When they are rented out, will the property agents be demanding the following fees. Application Fee, Credit Check Fee, Tenancy Agreement Fee, in addition to first months rent plus security deposit? The Estate agents that rent out private properties are out of control with all their different fees. Ronnietate
  • Score: -1

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