Low-cost homes pitched for vil­lage’s nurs­ery site

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

TEN af­ford­able homes could soon be built at a for­mer gar­den nurs­ery in a West Lan­cashire vil­lage.

Adac­tus Hous­ing Group, which spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing low-cost hous­ing for rent and shared own­er­ship, wants to build ten semide­tached houses on Bound­ary Lane in Hes­keth Bank.

The site is cur­rently va­cant and the derelict green­houses there are due to be re­moved re­gard­less of the out­come of this plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, which has been for­mally sub­mit­ted to West Lan­cashire coun­cil.

In to­tal, 10 semide­tached three-bed houses will then be made avail­able un­der the Rent to Buy scheme, al­low­ing work­ing house­holds to rent a home at a lower rent in or­der to give them the op­por­tu­nity to save for a de­posit and then go on and pur­chase their first home.

The de­creased rent, known as In­ter­me­di­ate Rent, is usu­ally set at 20% be­low the mar­ket value.

Ac­cord­ing to the plans, the new homes will be de­signed to match the ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties on the street, each fea­tur­ing two park­ing spa­ces and pri­vate gar­den or pa­tio ar­eas.

The ap­pli­ca­tion states: “The de­vel­op­ment re­flects the lin­ear na­ture of this semi ru­ral area. The new homes in­tro­duce an at­trac­tive frontage along Bound­ary Lane, the for­mer use was bor­dered by a high hedge and did not have any ac­tive frontage onto the high­way.

“The new low hedge to the front bound­aries will give good vis­i­bil­ity and an eco­log­i­cal green edge to the site.”

Adac­tus man­ages more than 13,000 homes over 21 lo­cal author­ity ar­eas in the North West.

The ap­pli­ca­tion will be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil plan­ning depart­ment.

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