A DEVELOPMENT of special eco-friendly homes are being unveiled in Rossendale today.

The 20 flats have been built in Staghills Road, Newchurch by Bramall Construction, part of the Keepmoat company.

The development includes special insulation, valves and improved seals to stop heat leakage and cut down on heating bills.

They were officially unveiled at a special ceremony at the site yesterday (TUES) with representatives from the developers and local councillors.

The project has been completed in partnership with Synergy Housing Solutions and funded by the Housing Corporation. Greenvale Homes, under advisement of Trans Pennine Group, will now manage and let the flats to tenants for rent.

A spokesman for the developers said: "The Staghills Road site was previously local authority flats which were eventually demolished but the topography of the cleared site was ideal for a new development of high efficiency flats.

"The new homes use an innovative Structural Insulated Panel System which provide excellent insulation, better U valves and improved air leakage requiring less energy to heat and providing lower bills for residents."

Harehome ward councillor Trevor Unsworth said: "I think the development will be a real asset for the area. I am always one for progress and improvement and I think the apartments look very good. We are short of houses so hopefully they will be a real benefit to what is already a nice area."

Keepmoat has already completed developments in Accrington and is preparing to start work on a major project of 66 homes in Burnley, if planning permission is granted.