A HOUSING association has followed up new ‘affordable’ homes in Radcliffe with another scheme in Prestwich.

Bosses at Irwell Valley Homes unveiled five new eco-homes in Siddall Street, Radcliffe, last month.

These were built using prefabricated wooden panels, which are considered to be substantially better insulated compared to traditional new build homes.

And each home benefits from a mechanical ventilation heating recovery system and solar panels which produce renewable energy.

Another development being championed by Irwell Valley is at Lowther Park in Prestwich, bringing their investment in the borough of Bury to £7.5m.

Sasha Deepwell, their chief executive, said: “We know how hard it can be for people to access good quality, affordable housing.

“So, we are delighted to be building more affordable homes in Bury to help people remain in their local community.

“There is an acute need for more affordable homes across Greater Manchester. We are investing £170m in developing over 1,270 affordable new homes over the next five years.

“This include ew homes like these at Lowther Park for shared ownership and affordable rent. Plus, new homes for social rent and supported housing for those who need extra support to live independently within our communities.

“We are also investing in our existing homes and working with key partners including Homes England, local authorities and the Greater Manchester Housing Providers to reduce homelessness and deliver better housing options for customers.”

The homes at Lowther Park are a mixture of three and four bedroom properties.

Cllr Clare Cummins, Bury Council housing cabinet member, added: “The delivery of new affordable homes is a top priority of the council and we are pleased to support the work being done by Irwell Valley Homes in bringing these to the market.

“These new properties will directly benefit local people on our housing waiting list.”