Building homes and changing lives

Over the last two years we’ve been able to build more new homes, with developments in Bolton and beyond. We’re providing high-quality, energy-efficient, modern homes at affordable rents for local people, some of whom have been applying for a more affordable or spacious home for several years.

We’re also building homes for shared ownership in some places to help people who don’t have the financial means to buy outright, get onto the property ladder. New government funding has enabled us to do this. And, as a not-for-profit organisation, we invest any surplus we make from the sale of these homes into providing more services for tenants and more housing to address the shortage of genuinely affordable homes.

Moving in stories

Our housing developments not only provide new homes, but also a better quality of life for the people who live there. We caught up with some of our new tenants who’ve just moved into developments at Little Lever, Farnworth and Skelmersdale to find out how their new home is making a difference to their lives.

Victory Road, Little Lever, Bolton

  • Energy efficient modular homes, which were partially built in a factory and delivered on site
  • The first development of its kind in the borough
  • 22 two and three-bedroom houses for affordable rent
  • Completed in March 2020
  • Made available for people with a local connection to Little Lever

Ailie Menai, moved into her new home in Little Lever with her three children in March. She says: “I was living in a private rent before. It was an old house and there were problems with damp, particularly in the bathroom. My son has asthma so it wasn’t good for his health. I painted the bathroom but the damp still came through – my landlord didn’t tackle the problem at all.

“I put us on the waiting list for a housing association property about six years ago. Some houses came up but they were outside of the local area and I wanted to stay in Little Lever where my family and friends are, and where my children go to school.

“When I found out that I could move into a home on this new development, I was over the moon. It’s a three-bedroom house in a quiet cul-de-sac – which means it’s safer for my children to play out. I like that it’s modern and everything is new. You wouldn’t know it was a modular home; it just looks like any other newly built property.

“There’s a nice community spirit here too. The day I came to view the house, I met someone I used to work with who moved in a few doors down. And one of the mums from school now lives on the same road. We’re so happy to be here – I’ve waited six years to get a home like this so I think I’ll be living here for a long time!”

Dean Close, Farnworth

  • A mix of homes – most of which have been adapted to suit older people with medical needs
  • 10 two-bedroom specially adapted bungalows and 3 three-bedroom houses for affordable rent
  • Completed in June 2020
  • Made available for people aged over 55 with a local connection to Farnworth

One couple, who recently moved into their two-bedroom bungalow at Dean Close, commented: “It’s a lovely bungalow and we’re so happy here. We needed a home with level access and two bedrooms due to problems with arthritis. Our last home was a one-bedroom property and it no longer suited our needs.

“It’s all modern and fresh, and we’ve got a nice patio which looks out onto the surrounding fields. In fact, Bolton at Home has got the balance just right here – it’s not over developed, there’s still some green space to enjoy. Also, the area where we lived before had its problems and we feel much safer here, with good neighbours around us and the shops just a five-minute walk away.”

Abbeystead, Skelmersdale

  • A mix of 27 apartments and houses for affordable rent, and 18 apartments and houses for shared ownership
  • Completed in May 2020
  • Homes for affordable rent made available for people with a local connection to the area

After moving into a three-bedroom house at Abbeystead in Skelmersdale with her partner and three children, one resident said: “We were living in a private rent before. It was really old fashioned and in desperate need of modernisation; the bathroom had one of those old avocado suites!

“I’d been looking around for something else for a while so when I spotted this development, and realised there would be homes for rent, I applied straight away. Six months later, we moved in. We’ve now got a lovely home (with a modern white bathroom suite) in an area we know well and close to the local school where my children go.”

You can track our latest developments, including where work has started on-site or where we’ll acquire new homes from private developers, on our website here.

Please note that new build schemes can take from around 12 to 24 months to complete. There are no specific waiting lists for these properties. We advertise new homes just like any others that become available.

If you’re looking for a home to rent with us or another social housing provider in Bolton, see what's available on the Homes for Bolton website and stay up to date with latest listings here. This is also the place to register, apply and get more information if you need: www.homesforbolton.org.uk

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