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600 affordable houses set for construction in Preston

Written by on July 20, 2020

A Preston housing association have made their first steps in creating 600 affordable homes in the city by 2024.

The Community Gateway Association (CGA) have already submitted an application to Preston City Council for the construction of 35 new houses to be built along the Lancaster Canal.

The proposal sets out plans to construct 35 dwellings on disused land which sits just off Tom Benson Way, near Lancashire County Council’s proposed East-West Road Link which is due to open in 2023.

CGA filed the plans on July 6, days before announcing that they had raised £95m to fuel their first private investments, including building 600 affordable homes for rent in Preston by 2024.

The company’s executive director of resources, Craig Garner, said: “This is a significant milestone for us.

“We are delighted to have secured this investment, which will enable us to drive forward our ambitious development programme to build a range of high-quality, modern homes that meet the needs of local residents.

“We would like to thank our partners who supported us over recent months to achieve this outcome.”

This mammoth project will kick off with a proposal to build 35 two and three bedroom houses on the canal front off Tom Benson Way.

The space was acquired by CGA following a land swap with UCLan on February 14 this year.

The company handed over a tract of land off Adelphi Street, adjacent to the University library, in exchange for the land at Tom Benson Way.

The 35 houses would be overlooking Lancaster Canal.

The application lays out plans for 17 two bed semi detached houses, eight three bed semis and ten three bed terraced houses.

Each unit will be given two car parking spaces, a garden and landscaping areas.

Mr Garner: “The intention is to provide a unified mix of high quality housing, designed to be locally distinctive yet adopt a similar vernacular to that of the surrounding area.

“The site has been designed to complement and respond to the surrounding area, create local identity and reduce antisocial behaviour.

“Well informed design and material choice will give the development longevity, and contribute to the townscape.”

The land was purchased through a swap with UCLan.

CGA say their main focus is on providing a new set of homes for affordable rent and ownership.

The planning application states that the rent for the houses would be set at 80 per cent of the current market value.

The plan reads: “The proposal is for all homes in this development to be provided for affordable rent, which is at least 24 more affordable homes than would be delivered as part a conventional development.

“Community Gateway currently owns the site and will develop, own, let, manage and maintain the homes for the foreseeable future.

“The rent levels for the affordable rent units will be set at up to 80 per cent of market rent.

“The properties will be allocated in accordance with Select Move (or any equivalent replacement system), the council’s choice based lettings system.”

CGA are also nearing completion on the Courtyards extra care scheme in Dovedale Avenue.

The housing development for over 55s will feature 60 apartments, a bistro, hairdressers, treatment rooms, consultation rooms and activity room, supplemented with 24 hour care support for all residents.

CGA was formed in 2005 now manages more than 6,000 homes across Preston.