Work begins on affordable homes on site of former Bamber Bridge pub

Councilors Matthew Tomlinson (center) and Paul Foster (right) at the McKenzie Arms site with a Tyson Construction representative

Work has begun to create 15 new affordable homes on the former McKenzie Arms site, located in Bamber Bridge.


The start of work on the flagship development was marked on site by the Head of Council, Cllr Paul Foster, and Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Assets, Cllr Matthew Tomlinson, along with a representative from the contractor Tyson Construction.

The site will house 15 new affordable homes – the first council-owned properties developed by South Ribble Borough Council in 25 years.

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The development will include three three-bedroom townhouses, nine one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments.

All homes will be high quality, affordable rental accommodation that will meet all current space and energy standards – with the aim of providing a high level of comfort while using very little energy for heating and air conditioning.

Councilor Matthew Tomlinson said: “I am so pleased work has begun on this development. This land – as all the locals know – has been abandoned for a very long time and we are committed to ensuring that we can use the site for the benefit of our community and create brand new homes.

“We know there is a need for high quality affordable housing in the area and we are responding to it. South Ribble is a place where people can live well and thrive, and I look forward to seeing these new homes develop over the next few months.

New homes are expected to be affordable, safe and environmentally friendly, meeting the demand of the region’s housing stock.

They are built close to a standard that will provide lower energy bills as well as excellent indoor air quality to help alleviate allergies and respiratory issues, and work towards zero carbon goals (coupled with a small number of renewable energies).

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Councilor Paul Foster said: ‘Remove any preconceptions you had about council owned homes. These properties will be of the highest quality and will allow people to live well in an affordable and energy-efficient home.

“These are hopefully the first of many homes we have been building in the borough for over two decades and I am so proud that we are able to supply South Ribble with the exact types of homes we need. “

Funding for the development is backed by Homes England and local supplier Tyson Construction has been appointed to deliver the works.

Development is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

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