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Council homes to be built in Skem after £1m grant

Council homes to be built in Skem after £1m grant

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

West Lancashire Borough Council has been successful in its bid for just over £1 million in funding to support the development of council housing in the Borough. 

The bid was made to Homes England, the Government's housing accelerator, and will support the development of 30 council homes across two sites in Skelmersdale through the council's development company, Tawd Valley Developments. 

Tawd Valley Developments is a company formed by West Lancashire Borough Council to help it carry out projects such as building affordable new homes. The Council is the only shareholder and any financial surplus made by Tawd Valley Developments will be returned to the authority to be reinvested in the local community.

When completed, the new Council homes will be available for rent and will be owned and managed by West Lancashire Borough Council.

Councillor Jenny Wilkie, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for Housing and Landlord Services, said:? "I am delighted at this great outcome. The Council is keen to increase the supply of much-needed Council housing in the Borough and this bid success is an example of our pro-active approach to meet the need for Council housing. I hope the families who live here will enjoy them for many years to come."  

Ross Litherland, Interim Managing Director at Tawd Valley Developments, said: "This is fabulous news as it helps support the development programme of Tawd Valley and in doing so will provide high quality new homes for rent in Skelmersdale. Work is already underway at both sites in Eskbank and Brierfield".

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