The first customers have begun moving into main phase of a major regeneration project at Woodnook, Accrington.

The project, which is creating a vibrant family oriented neighbourhood just a few minutes from the town centre of Accrington, is being delivered through a joint venture between PlaceFirst and Together Housing Group, and in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council and The Homes & Communities Agency.

The joint venture is delivering 65 new family homes across three streets of remodelled Victorian terraces, and a further 60 refurbished homes ‘pepper-potted’ across the neighbourhood. In addition to improving housing choice, the investment includes a range of interventions including property facelifts to the main high street, a new public square, off-street parking and resident gardens.

Whilst the joint venture completed the first ten of its refurbished properties in December 2014, the first full terrace of ten remodelled homes were handed over on 24th July, with some customers moving in on the same day. Since it’s release on 24th July, three homes are now occupied and four are currently going through the final stages of the reservation process.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of PlaceFirst said, “It’s great to see the first families moving into their new homes at Woodnook. PlaceFirst and our partners have worked hard to create stylish, energy efficient homes that set new standards in private renting, and the market response has been very encouraging. Our customers include local families looking to upgrade their renting experience, and those new to Accrington, including doctors, dentists, and other professional households. The diversity of customer interest is very encouraging and demonstrates that our whole neighbourhood approach and commitment to quality is breathing new life in Woodnook”.

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