Two Castles Housing Association, working alongside Esh Property Services, has completed 43 new affordable homes in the new £6m development at the site of the former Berners swimming pool, providing much-needed affordable homes for local people.
The scheme, now named Cedric Walk, includes a mix of houses and flats – 11 of which have been made available for sale under a shared ownership agreement. The remaining 32 properties have been let at an affordable rent to local people with an existing connection to the town.
Rob Brittain, Property Services Director at Two Castles Housing Association, said: “With thousands of South Lakeland families on the housing waiting list, these new homes are helping to address the ever-pressing need to build quality affordable homes in local towns like Grange-over-Sands.
“From the beginning, this scheme has benefitted from tremendous input from our partners, the local community and from the Berners Grange Project Group. Working collaboratively under the Hadrian Development Solutions Partnership, we have created a scheme to be proud of.
“We are delighted that this energy-efficient scheme has also breathed new life into a former brownfield site for the benefit of the local area – creating sustainable homes for the future and keeping energy costs down for our tenants.”
Each new home has been built using traditional building materials such as natural slate, stone elevations and a timber frame to reflect the character of the wider Grange-over-Sands conservation area.
Built to exceed Code for Sustainable Homes Level Three Standards, each property on site will also include a range of energy-efficient features to help make homes even more affordable.
The vision for the scheme was developed by the Berners Grange Project Group with support from South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and Grange Town Council. Part-funded with an investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the scheme was also made possible thanks to SLDC agreeing to sell the land for £1 and making available a grant of £230,000 towards the project.
Councillor Heidi Halliday, South Lakeland District Council’s portfolio holder for Housing and Strategic Development, said: “We are delighted to have worked closely with partners including Two Castles Housing Association and Grange Town Council to help bring this new development forward.
“This helps to address a need for more affordable housing in Grange and contributes to our long-term ambitions for 1000 new affordable homes for rent in South Lakeland by 2025.”
Councillor Ron Shapland, Grange Town Council Chairman, said: “This excellent development has helped to fulfil the local need for rented accommodation and is conveniently situated overlooking Morecambe Bay and has easy access to Grange Town Centre and the promenade.”
Esh Construction’s Regional Managing Director, Simon Phillips, said: “We have been delighted to be part of this hugely worthwhile and much-needed development for Grange-over-Sands.
“It’s been an opportunity to work closely with some great partners in realising a truly sustainable, attractive and, fundamentally, accessible place to live which will continue to deliver value for decades to come.
“Aligning with our key company aims, it remains very important to us that the majority of these homes will be taken up by those with strong local connections, easing housing pressures and creating a lasting legacy for the town’s residents.
“We have also been pleased to have the opportunity of giving something back through the creation of local employment and through our Building My Skills education initiative for the area’s schools.”