Delight at new home building

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DOZENS of new affordable homes are set to be built in Wigan.

They are part of a new Adactus Housing Group masterplan to build 110 new homes across Greater Manchester.

The plans, which cover the next four years, represent an overall investment of almost £10m in new housing and includes £2.3m of grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Paul Lees, chief executive of Adactus Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce our programme of new affordable housing for Greater Manchester.

“The homes will be built in Manchester, Trafford and Wigan over the next four years on a range of sites and at affordable rents.”

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director North West at the HCA, said: “This announcement is great news as it will see much needed affordable homes delivered in Greater Manchester and will make a significant difference to the local communities in which we work.”

The plans are part of an overall investment of more than £30m by the Adactus Housing Group across the North West between now and 2015.

The HCA is contributing £8m towards the cost of Adactus building 321 new affordable homes in nine local authority areas.

The news came as Adactus presented its Good Neighbour of the Year award to a local man.

John Grundy from Quayside in Leigh won £25 in Tesco’s vouchers and a framed certificate after being nominated for the award by his neighbour Margaret Shaw.

John, 37, has been a tenant of Adactus for 12 years.

He was presented with his award by Mike Murphy, regional manager for Adactus.

Mike said: “John is an active tenant representative and well known to many of the staff at Adactus.

“His nomination for this award shows that he is also seen by the community in which he lives as someone who can be relied upon to help out a neighbour when the need arises.”