AN £11 million housing scheme is set to deliver 54 new homes in Oldham.

The scheme will comprise 45 houses and nine apartments branded Fox Owl Rise in Lees village.

It will be funded by local investors via The House Crowd, a peer-to-peer lending platform, based at Altrincham, and built by sister company House Crowd Developments. Crowdfunding is when project is brought to fruition by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the internet. It is a form of crowdsourcing and alternative finance.

The development is approximately two miles outside of Oldham, on the site of the former Bank Top cotton mill. The development neighbours Leesbrook Nature Park and Medlock Valley.

The project will be constructed in multiple phases, with full completion estimated in spring 2020.

Of the 45 houses proposed, 38 will be three bedroom and seven will be four bedroom. The nine apartments will be two bedroom. All houses will have a private, landscaped garden and the apartment block will have communal areas.

The developers say every home will be completed to a high specification, including oak doors throughout and LED spotlights.

The modern, contemporary kitchens come fitted with integrated, branded appliances; chrome sockets and switches with a USB charging point. Bathrooms have a modern wet-room style shower and large format tiles.

Prices are expected to start from £215,000 for three-bedroom and £255,000 for four bedroom houses. The apartment prices are anticipated to start at £120,000.

The project team consists of contractor, CPUK, HNA Architects and employer’s agent, Edmond Shipway.

Emma Lakin, head of sales at House Crowd Developments, said: “It’s great to bring a range of high-specification homes to such a vibrant property market.

“There is a wealth of ongoing plans to revitalise Oldham town centre and the suburban location, surrounded by Saddleworth Moors and the Pennines, is very desirable.

“We’ve developed a range of high specification properties to appeal to a variety of house-buyers including families, first-time buyers and downsizers.”

Steve Burke, managing director of CPUK Group, said: “We’re delighted to be working on our second scheme with House Crowd Developments. This scheme is an indication of the growing strength of the residential sector across the region and will bring a brownfield site back to life, creating much-needed quality homes for local people.”