Crossfield Living is set to build 88 new homes in the West Vale neighbourhood as part of the £160m plan to deliver 850 homes in Oldham
The housing association’s plans to transform the area west of Oldham town centre and create a place where people, families and businesses there can thrive, were approved by Oldham Council last month.
Crossfield Living has been selected to progress to the second stage of a two-stage tender process to build the 88 new homes which will include 26 houses – a mix of two, three and four-bedroom family homes.
As part of First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO)’s £12m investment in new homes at West Vale, Crossfield has also pledged to deliver a social value plan designed to leave a positive legacy in the local community.
Subject to consultation with residents, social value proposals could include setting up a purpose-built ‘Community Hub’ managed by a project skills coordinator.
This would then be a key facility from which FCHO, the Crossfield team and other community stakeholders can deliver a range of community development and engagement initiatives to benefit people in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Contributing to the local economy and creating jobs and training opportunities for local people will also be central to the project. Crossfield Living will work with regional supply chain partners as well as creating jobs, work placements, training and mentoring opportunities, all to encourage local people into the construction industry and improve job prospects.
Crossfield Living will begin work at West Vale in spring 2022, with homes due for completion in autumn 2023.
Improve lives by building better homes
Joel Owen, FCHO’s director of development, said: “Our West Vale development presents an excellent opportunity to not only build high quality, modern, much-needed affordable new homes, but also deliver impactful social value.
“We want to make a positive difference to local people and businesses, now and in years to come and I’m delighted to be partnering with a contractor who we specifically chose to work with based on the fact they share our social value vision for the area, residents and the community.”
David Dobson, director at Crossfield Living, added: “Crossfield Living has delivered a diverse portfolio of new housing schemes across the North West, working in partnership with Registered Partners to improve lives by building better homes.
“We are very proud to have been appointed by First Choice Homes Oldham to deliver West Vale.
“Our shared priorities are to build high quality and energy-efficient homes that meet rising housing demands, doing so while creating extensive social value for the local community.”