Plus Dane keeps vow to give homes to locals

23.01.2012

THIRTEEN affordable family homes built in Kingsley have all gone to local people.

The two and three bedroom houses, built on the site of a former farmyard off Pike Lane in Kingsley will let people who otherwise could not afford rural property prices remain or return to the village.

The homes have been developed by Plus Dane Group in association with Kingsley Parish Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Partner Construction.

Some 54 applications were received, of which 19 were eligible.

Plus Dane, a Neighbourhood investor responsible for 12,500 homes in Cheshire and Merseyide, worked with the Local Authority to determine which 13 applications had the strongest claims. 

All the homes, which are being offered for either shared ownership sale or rent, have been let in advance of handover early next month.

Plus Dane development manager Michael Watson said: “The need for affordable, homes in rural areas of Cheshire is growing all the time and unfortunately high house prices in these areas force the young and first time buyers to move further and further away from their families and places of work.

"Building in rural area can be drain on resources in terms of planning law and  the cost of building works in potentially remote locations, but Plus Dane is committed to building affordable, eco-friendly homes in rural areas to ensure that local people can live and work in villages that would otherwise be way out of their price range."

The completion of the scheme coincides with the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week campaign (27 January – 3 February) which aims to demonstrate the important role affordable housing plays in maintaining small rural communities.

The development was funded by Plus Dane Group with the help of a £624,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and £149,000 from Cheshire West and Chester Council.