An unused site along Longmarsh Lane in Lancaster is being transformed into much needed one-bedroom apartments to rent.
Adactus Housing Group are behind the £1.5m development, which was secured in partnership with Lancaster City Council and received funding through the Homes and Community Agency.
The development will take around 11 months to build and will create 18 one-bedroom cottage style apartments, all for affordable rent.
Adactus Housing Association will manage the apartment on behalf of the group.
The site had previously been empty for some time and had fallen into a state of disrepair.
This is the first development that Adactus will project manage with its newly recruited in-house building contractor team. Group chief executive, Paul Lees, said: “Affordable one-bedroom accommodation availability is one of the biggest issues facing housing today.
Our latest development on Longmarsh Lane will provide this type of much-needed affordable accommodation for local people and Adactus is delighted to have worked with both Lancaster City Council and The Homes and Communities Agency in bringing it to fruition.”
Coun Karen Leytham, Lancaster City Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The delivery of affordable housing is an important council priority.
“Lancaster district is in tremendous need of new properties, especially one bedroom accommodation.
“This latest development on Long Marsh Lane is another important step forward in providing much-needed affordable rented accommodation and as a result of our strong partnership with Adactus.”
All new apartments will feature high levels of insulation and will be designed to obtain maximum solar gains which should help reduce the fuel costs of the occupants.
All ground floor apartments will come with their own private gardens.