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Weekly Edition - Published  22 September 2016


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Multi million pound Banks housing scheme gets off ground

NEW homes are starting to take shape at a £2million housing development which will transform a derelict site in the village of Banks, West Lancashire. Manchester based Harbur Construction is building 29 new properties at the site of the former St Stephen's Primary School on land off Hoole Lane. The project, comprising 12, 2 bedroom and5, 3 bedroom houses, as well as a block of 12, 1 bedroom flats, will regenerate the brownfield site which has stood empty since the school closed 18 years ago.  Harbur Construction is building the scheme on behalf of TAC Developments for One Vision Housing, which will make the homes available for affordable rent.

Richard Hutchinson, managing director at Harbur Construction, said:- "The school that previously occupied the land relocated back in 1998, so the site has become a real eye sore in the pursuing years. The development ends almost two decades of uncertainty for local residents, not only helping to bring the land back into use, but also boosting the provision of high quality affordable housing in this area of West Lancashire. We're looking forward to bringing the homes to life."

The properties have been designed sensitively to fit in with the architectural style of the current housing neighbouring the site. All homes will feature fully turfed rear gardens, while a communal private garden will serve the apartment block. The scheme has been designed by Paddock Johnson Partnership and is expected to be completed in February 2017.


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