Extra social homes build cash boost

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A SOCIAL housing provider is to build scores of new homes across Wigan.

Adactus has secured more than £6.5m from the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver the new dwellings in Wigan over the next three years as part of a package of over 500 across the North West.

The money falls under the Government’s £220m funding, announced last week, to fund the development of new affordable homes across the country.

The Adactus Housing Group will be investing the money to develop a mix of homes for affordable rent and low cost home ownership across seven local authorities between now and 2016.

In addition to this £6.5m, the HCA awarded Adactus almost £2m extra to help improve the provision of housing for disabled and older people.

“This money, available through the Government’s Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, will help the landlord deliver new units for extra care.

Assistant Director of Development for the Adactus Housing Group, Garnet Fazackerley, said: “We are delighted that the HCA has continued to demonstrate its confidence in the Group to help deliver local plans for new affordable housing across the region.

“The development of over 600 new homes in the next three years is great news for residents of areas in need of quality affordable housing.”

“As always, we will work closely with the local community and partner local authorities to ensure the new homes we develop meet the needs of the local people and make a positive difference to their lives and neighbourhoods they live in.”

Executive Director for the North West at the HCA Deborah McLaughlin said: “This is great news for Adactus and I’m confident our £6.5m funding will provide good quality housing that offers the very best standards of living where it is needed 

“Housing plays a crucial role in helping older people and disabled adults to live as independently as possible, so I am pleased that our extra £2m investment will create accommodation.”