New homes completed in Runcorn
A new residential scheme in Runcorn which replaces a 1960's eyesore housing estate has now been completed.
Residents have already started to move in to some of the new properties at the new £10m development, which has been part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The scheme features 98 new homes, including 58 two-bedroom flats, 19 two- and three-bedroom houses for rent, as well as 21 Shared Ownership homes.
Since work started in 2010, over 240 deck access flats were demolished as they were not fit for purpose.
In October 2011, residents from the remaining old blocks were given priority to move into the 18 new flats that were constructed on empty land near to Woodland Walk.
Once the demolition of the grey, concrete blocks of flats had been completed, work began in Spring 2012 on building 21 new homes for shared ownership and reservations had been placed on many properties by the new year.
The following six months saw the completion of the remaining 59 homes for rent.
Lynsey Jones, 35, recently moved into her new home in Merlin Close, part of Woodland Walk with her husband and two children. She said: "I am delighted with our new home, we have our family close by and it is convenient to get to the schools.
"I can allow my children to play out for the first time as there is lots of open space and it feels really safe." Deborah McLaughlin, executive director at the HCA, commented: "I know how important the replacement of these deck access flats is locally.
"I am delighted that HCA has helped to support this transformation by investing £4.5m to provide 98 new, modern affordable homes on Woodland Walk."