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Tenant Lillian Dickenson at the new Barley Mow development in Stockbridge Village

First affordable housing development in a decade completes in Stockbridge Village

by Gemma Melling

The first new affordable homes to be built in Stockbridge Village for more than a decade have been completed.

ForHousing has finished work on the £1.6m Barley Mow development in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley, on the site of a derelict pub.

The development of 16 high-quality homes for Affordable Rent includes two three-bedroom houses, four two-bedroom apartments and 10 one-bedroom apartments.

The new Barley Mow development in Stockbridge Village

The new Barley Mow development in Stockbridge Village

ForHousing is a progressive landlord that owns and manages more than 24,000 homes and delivers housing management services to other landlords. The development is part of its commitment to investing in homes and spaces that fuel people’s potential and improve lives.

Nigel Sedman, Group Director of Homes said: “Homes make a lasting impact on communities and provide people with new possibilities to build a better life.

“We know that quality homes and places make more things possible for more people. That’s why we’re incredibly proud to have completed such an important development for the Stockbridge Village community.

“This scheme will provide much-needed Affordable Rent properties and bring new homes to the area for the first time in more than a decade.”

Lillian Dickenson is one of the new tenants at Barley Mow. She said: “My old flat in Roughedge House was on the upper floor and I would struggle climbing the stairs. Now I have a new ground floor apartment, and it is absolutely fantastic.

“All my belongings were squashed into a small separate kitchen and living room, but now I have so much space, the open plan layout is marvellous.

“Whoever designed the kitchen deserves an award, everything fits in now!”

The ribbon cutting ceremony at the Barley Mow develoment in Stockbridge Village

From L-R Dale Milburn from Knowsley Council, Nigel Sedman (ForHousing) Lillian Dickenson (tenant) Cllr Tony Brennan, Chris Mather (ForHousing) at the new Barley Mow development in Stockbridge Village.

ForHousing is continuing to invest in Stockbridge Village with its £12 million 90-bedroom extra care development at The Withens, due to be completed in early 2020.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, added: “I’m delighted to see the completion of this new housing development in Knowsley.  The development provides a greater choice of quality homes in Stockbridge Village, which will meet housing demands in the local area.  It’s also great that a former derelict site has been brought back into use.”