MP Eric Ollerenshaw has welcomed a £2.1million building project of affordable homes in the heart of a picturesque village.
Work has begun on the development of 17 new homes in Cockerham aimed at first-time buyers.
Developers Beech Housing Association are responsible for the scheme in Lancaster Road, which includes properties available for shared ownership and rent.
The MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood who was invited to a site visit off land at Willey lane, said: “‘There is a real shortage of affordable homes to buy and rent in the village and so this contribution by Beech Housing Association to meeting that need, particularly for first time buyers, is very welcome.’
Blackpool based RP Tyson Construction Limited of Blackpool are involved in the build of the two and three bedroomed homes, which are expected to be completed by March 2015.
It is understood priority will be given to potential buyers who have a connections with the village.
The shared ownership properties will be available to be purchased in shares from as low as 35%, making them very affordable even for working households on a low income.
Beech Housing Association is a member of the Adactus Housing Group, based in Leigh near Wigan.
Chief Executive Paul Lees said: “These properties are part of a major period of growth for the Adactus Housing Group as we presently have almost 250 new homes under construction throughout Lancashire which will help meet the housing needs of local communities. We are delighted to be working in Cockerham and providing homes both for sale on a shared ownership basis and for rent.’