RESIDENTS of a rural borough have been alerted to the last affordable bungalow left for a resident aged over 55.

Ribble Valley Council is looking for the final purchaser for a picturesque development in Hurst Green.

The nine affordable homes at The Warren are clustered around a village green featuring a majestic 200-year-old ash tree.

Eight have already been snapped up, with one two-bedroom bungalow remaining for sale on a shared ownership basis for as little as £65,000.

The shared ownership scheme allows people to buy between 25 and 75 per cent of a property, with an affordable rent on the remainder.

Ribble Valley Council joined forces with developer Hillcrest Homes and affordable housing specialist Heylo Housing to make some of The Warren properties in Hurst Green available to local people.

A 25 per cent share of the last remaining The Warren bungalow will cost a purchaser aged over 55, £65,000 for a 25 per cent share in the bricks and mortar, with £447 monthly rent.

A 50 per cent share will cost £130,000, with £298 monthly rent.

Bridget Hilton, chairman of Ribble Valley Council’s health and housing committee, said: “The provision of rural affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges we face and we work closely with our housing partners to address this problem.