New flats address shortage of housing for young workers

Ribble Valley Borough Councils housing strategy officer, Rachael Stott (left), with Clitheroe builder David Johnston and Ribble Valley Homes managing director, Christine Grimshaw.
Ribble Valley Borough Councils housing strategy officer, Rachael Stott (left), with Clitheroe builder David Johnston and Ribble Valley Homes managing director, Christine Grimshaw.
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One of Clitheroe’s most imposing buildings that housed the design team on Sir Frank Whittle’s jet engine has been turned into stunning affordable flats for young working people.

Nine apartments will be up for grabs at Millthorne House in Henthorn Road next month thanks to a unique scheme backed by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The apartments have been renovated to a high standard, are extremely energy-efficient and boast picture windows with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Pendle Hill and Clitheroe Castle, as well as dedicated parking spaces.

They have been developed by Ribble Valley Homes specifically for young single people or couples in employment and with a local connection.

Rachael Stott, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing strategy officer, said: “This is the first housing scheme in the borough specifically for young people for a long time.

“There is a chronic shortage of affordable accommodation for young people in the borough and we are delighted that Ribble Valley Homes has brought this outstanding scheme to fruition.”

Ribble Valley Homes managing director Christine Grimshaw added: “We thought it might be up to 10 years before we could complete this scheme, but thanks to a small grant from the Homes and Communities Agency we have managed to undertake the work two years earlier than anticipated.

“The new apartments will provide quality accommodation close to the town centre for working singles and couples, who will also have the benefit of support from a local housing company.

“The work has been carried out to a superb standard by Clitheroe builder David Johnston and his team, giving the scheme the added value of having provided local employment.”

Millthorne House has an illustrious past, having been home to the design team on Sir Frank Whittle’s jet engine in the early-1930s.

The provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing Ribble Valley Borough Council.

House prices in the borough are way above the national average and properties for the young and elderly are in particular short supply.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is at the forefront of several housing initiatives, from the provision of affordable properties and free boilers to winter warmth and energy efficiency.

The Millthorne House apartments are due for completion at the end of November.