WORKS to build new low carbon homes on land off Burnley Lane in Chadderton are set to begin later this month.

The £1million scheme on the brownfield site will see nine one-bedroom apartments built to meet local housing need.

The properties will be low carbon and have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) B, with heating and hot water generated by electricity. Each home will also have cycle storage to encourage use of sustainable transport.

Work on the site will start with the demolition of an existing building on the site off Burnley Lane that has stood derelict for several years.

Borough housing association, First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO), and Tameside-based housebuilder, John Southworth Builders have signed a contract to bring the homes for affordable rent to Chadderton.

Joel Owen, FCHO director of development said: “As in many parts of the country, demand for affordable housing in Oldham outstrips supply and we are working hard to improve the situation locally.

“Getting into contract on the Burnley Lane project is great news to start the year with and means we are another step closer to delivering 750 new homes by 2026 in Oldham, Rochdale and surrounding areas of Tameside, Kirklees and Calderdale to help improve the lives of local people.

“Sustainability continues to be a priority for us, and these apartments are designed to be energy efficient and equipped with features to minimise their environmental impact. It means our customers can benefit from good quality housing, lower energy bills and more money in their pockets and I look forward to the project progressing.”

FCHO’s plans to demolish the existing building on the site and build the new apartments were approved by Oldham Council’s planning authority in November 2021.

The Chadderton apartments are due for completion in December 2022.