400 new homes planned to ease waiting times

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COUNCIL chiefs say 400 new affordable homes will be built in the borough after securing £10m in funding.

Town hall planners say the majority of the money will be spent on providing homes for the 3,000 people currently on the council’s social housing waiting list to rent.

Wigan Council and Wigan and Leigh Housing are to build 112 homes on three sites including the former Towns Yard in Hindley where there are plans for a range of family homes, bungalows and flats for older people.

The money will also help pay for a supported living scheme for adults with disabilities at the site of the former Tanfield School in Hindley.

Adactus Housing Association will build 188 homes at a number of locations across the borough.

Meanwhile St Helens firm, Helena Partnerships, secured funding for a ‘housing with care’ scheme for older people at the site of the former Abraham Guest School in Orrell.

It will feature 101 apartments with on-site support and communal facilities and a further 30 two bedroom bungalows.

Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “It is great news the council, along with other local housing providers, have successfully secured this funding.

“I’m sure construction of these schemes will provide a significant boost to the local building industry but more importantly will help us address the need for more affordable homes across Wigan borough.

“These homes will be available to those on our housing waiting list and in particular there will be smaller properties which we need to help us manage the impact of welfare reform and the borough’s increasing older population.”

The money has come from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and is part of a national programme to pay for affordable homes.

The HCA has awarded £900m out of a total £1.7bn of government money to pay for affordable housing schemes across the country and 230 affordable homes have already been built in Wigan in the last three years say council chiefs.