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New Bolton homes welcome first residents

New Bolton homes welcome first residents

We have begun welcoming our first residents of our new development of 21 shared ownership homes in Westhoughton.

Our Park Grove development of two and three-bedroom homes is located off Cricketers Way and being marketed through our shared ownership brand Stonecross Homes.

Lisa Udale gave her approval when she became the first person to move in this week.

The homes will go towards our target of introducing 1,400 new properties to the local affordable housing market over the next five years.

Lisa was handed the keys by Jon Lord, Bolton at Home’s Group Chief Executive, and more new residents will be moving in over the coming weeks.

Lisa said: “I was looking for a shared ownership home as a I wanted a place that would offer me stability and that could also be an investment for me and my sons.

“When I came to view the property, it was love at first sight. The open plan nature of it is perfect for me as I like to cook and entertain, and I have my own garden shed too.”

Lisa, who already lived in Westhoughton, added: “I thought I might have to move out of the area to get a shared ownership home. I looked at some in Chorley, but I didn’t see anything close to this quality of home and location. I don’t drive so it’s fantastic to have the town centre and supermarkets nearby.”

Jon Lord said: “I’m delighted for Lisa that she’s been able to buy a new home at an affordable price, which is what shared ownership is all about.

“New housing has to help people in a wide range of circumstances, which is why we’re developing a broad mix of new properties including homes for rent, shared ownership and supported housing. It’s about offering people a choice of good quality affordable homes in the areas where people need them most.”

Shared ownership is a cross between buying and renting a home and is aimed at people who want to own their own home but can’t currently fund the purchase of a home outright.

Owners buy a share of the property, usually between a quarter and three quarters, and then rent the part they don’t own at a reduced rate. They then have the option to buy a bigger share in the property in future.

As well as its plans to introduce 1,400 new homes, Bolton at Home will be investing a minimum of £19m annually in refurbishing its existing housing stock of approximately 18,000 homes and delivering neighbourhood regeneration.

For more information on Stonecross Homes, please visit: https://www.stonecrosshomes.co.uk/

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We’re happy to comment on current housing and related issues.

For more information contact Andrew Pilkington, Marketing and Communications Manager, on 01204 329714 or email andrew.pilkington@boltonathome.org.uk