Developer Tawd Valley has handed over 14 houses and apartments to a local authority as part of an agreement to build 80 new council homes. Tony McDonough reports
Housebuilder Tawd Valley Developments (TVD) has handed over the latest of its rolling programme of housing developments to West Lancashire Council.
All 14 homes at Fairstead in Ashurst, Skelmersdale have been completed, and handed over to the authority and new residents. The development forms part of a programme to deliver more than 80 new council homes over the next eight months.
The energy-efficient homes, a mix of six semi -detached properties and eight apartments built from timber frame, will benefit from dual zone heating, double-glazing and electric car charge points, as well as light and spacious accommodation.
To mark the final handover TVD met on site with contractor Whitfield & Brown’s trainee Dale and apprentice Josh who have been involved in this and other TVD schemes.
“Our brief is to deliver good quality homes for the people of Skelmersdale and this latest completion shows what can be achieved with a supportive owner and a skilled local supply chain and workforce,” said TVD managing director Mark Kitts.
“Each of our developments is designed to help enhance the local communities and environments in which they sit and these latest homes at Fairstead do just that.
“It’s also important to emphasise the employment opportunities that arise from our developments and it was great to meet Josh and Dale, both cracking lads and well on their journey of a long career in construction.”
The handover follows the recent successful completion of thirteen new homes at Eskbank, with developments at Brierfield (17 homes), Westhead (10) and Northfield (27) due to be finished in 2022.
Cllr Jenny Wilkie, portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, said: “Once again Tawd Valley Developments have delivered on their promise to build fantastic council homes for the tenants of West Lancashire.
“Providing employment and growth opportunities for local people and businesses was a key part of our decision to build our own Council homes, so to see local young people gaining valuable experience that will set them on the road to successful careers is especially gratifying.”