Housing boost for countryside

(From left) Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of Seddons, Garry Payne, Chief Executive of Wyre Borough Council, new residents Tania Crossley and Neil Southward, Mayoress Glynis Bannister, Mayor Councillor David Bannister, Stephanie Harrison ' Executive Director Operations (Customer Services) at Regenda, Tracy Heyes ' Executive Director Operations (Service Delivery) at Regenda
(From left) Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of Seddons, Garry Payne, Chief Executive of Wyre Borough Council, new residents Tania Crossley and Neil Southward, Mayoress Glynis Bannister, Mayor Councillor David Bannister, Stephanie Harrison ' Executive Director Operations (Customer Services) at Regenda, Tracy Heyes ' Executive Director Operations (Service Delivery) at Regenda
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RURAL Wyre has been given a housing boost following the completion of 13 new “affordable” properties at Claughton-on-Brock.

The properties, a mix of three bedroomed houses and two bedroomed apartments, were formally opened last week at a ceremony attended by representatives of builders Seddon Construction, housing association the Regenda Group, Wyre Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The £1.5million development, which faced opposition from some villagers at the initial planning stage, is on Beech Close, off Garstang Road. The homes are not only modern but also highly energy efficient.

They have been designed to be sympathetic to their rural location and have already been allocated to people from the Brock and Catterall through a social rent scheme, all being fully occupied within days of their release.

Regenda executive director Tracy Heyes said: “We received over 70 applications for these homes and have followed the strict local lettings policy to allocate these homes to people living in Brock and Catterall.”

This new build development has a number of environmentally friendly features. These include such as solar panels which feed directly into every property to heat the water, a rainwater harvesting system to reduce water consumption, an ultra-efficient gas boiler, improved insulation and double glazing throughout the homes

She said the project demonstrated the Regenda Group’s commitment to continually investing in neighbourhoods and Wyre in particular, offering affordable housing solutions.

Garry Payne, chief executive of Wyre Council, commented: “We are delighted that another high quality registered social landlord scheme has been completed in the borough by Regenda, especially one that provides much needed affordable housing for a local rural community.

Jonathan Seddon, managing director of Seddon Construction, said: “We are proud to be involved in helping to deliver new, high-quality affordable homes for local families.”

The development was funded by a grant of £866,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.