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A £6 million project designed to deliver 43 affordable homes in Grange-over-Sands is on track for completion.

The scheme – being developed by Two Castles Housing Association and Esh Property Services – has been designed to ease the town’s growing housing need, by providing affordable homes to rent and buy in South Lakeland. Once complete the new housing will replace the former Berners Indoor Pool site, off Berners Close.

Working together under the Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership, the energy-efficient scheme is due for completion in Summer 2015 and will be available for people with a connection to the town and surrounding area. The development will include a mix of houses and flats, with 32 available for rent and the remaining 11 available to buy through shared ownership.

Property Services Director at Two Castles Housing Association, Rob Brittain, said:

“Whilst thousands of South Lakeland residents and their families remain on the housing waiting list, there is an ever pressing need to build quality affordable homes in towns like Grange-over-Sands.

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“We are delighted that this particular scheme is regenerating a former brownfield site for the benefit of the local area. Not only is the development helping to create local jobs in construction, it is also providing sustainable homes for the future – keeping energy costs down for tenants.

“Working closely with our partners, the local community and the Berners Grange Town Project Group has played an integral part in helping to shape what will be a scheme to be proud of, once complete. There has been a lot of hard work, commitment and drive by all involved to make this happen.”

Each new home is being built to reflect the character of the surrounding area and is being constructed using traditional building materials, such as slate, stone and timber. The properties will include a range of energy efficient features and will meet Code Sustainable Level Three Standards.

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Divisional Director for Esh Property Services, Graham Morgan, said:

“From the beginning, this scheme has benefitted from tremendous input from the Berners Grange Town Project Group which represents the wishes of the community. We’ve worked very closely with the Group and together led a successful collaboration between all parties; South Lakeland District Council, Grange Town Council, Two Castles, the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), statutory services’ providers and the architects and engineers advising all parties.

“This open-minded, partnering approach has resulted in plans being prepared and approved in a remarkably short period of time for this complex site and made what could have been a difficult scheme work well.”

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For more information about the Berners Close project, please visit: www.cumbriachoice.org.uk. Alternatively, please call Two Castles’ Carlisle office on 01228 547463 or for more information visit: www.twocastles.org.uk.

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