Young families, those looking to downsize and people who have transferred from private rented properties are just some of the residents happy with their brand new Wigan homes.
Wigan Council commissioned Seddons to build 20 houses on Holt Street, Poolstock, last year to create affordable family homes and provide properties for those who may struggle to save for a deposit to get on the property ladder.
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The development, which is part funded by the Homes England national affordable homes programme, comprises a mix of two and three-bed semi-detached houses, which are available to rent through Wigan Council.
Julie Ferguson moved into her property four months ago from another Wigan Council property. She said: “I live with my 23-year-old son and eventually, he’ll move out so I was looking to downsize really. I’ve been a council tenant for around 20 years and although I could have looked into private rented properties, I wanted to continue with Wigan Council because I feel a sense of security with them.
“The house I previously rented was great but it was much bigger and I felt that the new build on Holt Street would be easier to maintain in the future. I love the new house! The neighbours are great, my son is happy and my Shih-tzu has enough room to run around the garden!”
The authority has been building new social housing since 2010 and has since delivered 375 affordable homes with more than 180 further homes planned over the next two years.
Phoebe Robinson was looking for a bigger home so she and her partner could raise a family. She said: “We were originally in a one bedroom, private rented flat but wanted to move into a bigger home as I was pregnant. We decided to move into a council property as opposed to another private rented one as it was really affordable and feel it will be easier to get repairs done if we need them.
“Scarlett is four months old now and there’s lots of room for us. We especially like being able to sit in the garden.”
The council has also brought a number of vacant, council-owned sites back into use.
Coun Terry Halliwell, portfolio holder for housing and welfare, said: “We are passionate about delivering new, high quality and affordable homes for people in the borough that are built to the highest standards.
“It’s also important we provide a variety of homes for our existing residents and also to attract people to our borough.
“The Holt Street houses have been purposefully laid out in a way that provides attractive frontages with both privacy and security and includes soft planting to create an attractive street.
"Good quality new housing along with improved transport links and employment opportunities provides the right mix to keep our local economy growing: another priority for us.”