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Local labour to help build new homes in Thornton

16th March 2012 Print

Jobs for people living in Sefton will be provided as part of a deal to build new homes in the area.

Elan Homes have received planning permission to build 13 new homes on the site of the former St Frideswyde’s Church and Church Hall in Thornton. As part of the planning process the developer entered into a local labour agreement with Sefton Council.

Paul Darwin, land buyer for Elan Homes, explained: “For the majority of trades that we will have on site in Thornton we have given a number of local sub-contractors recommended by Sefton at Work and Build Sefton a chance to tender for the works. Chosen sub-contractors have been required to register with Build Sefton and Sefton at Work to advertise any opportunities they may have locally which should benefit both the local area and the contractors too.”

Demolition of the church and church hall, which closed last June, is now complete. Work is underway to clear the 1.1 acre site and install the infrastructure required for the new homes.

In addition to providing employment for local workers, Elan Homes have paid a commuted sum towards greenspace and have also committed to a package of off-site highway improvement works.

The development, known as Thornton Cross, will offer a choice of four-bedroom detached homes.

The first homes at Thornton Cross will be released for sale in late spring/early summer when a show home will open.

Marie Morris, sales director for Elan Homes in the North, commented: “Thornton Cross is a welcome boost for the local economy, as along with jobs for construction workers we will also providing new homes. I would encourage anyone who’s considering moving to a new home in the Thornton area to get in touch so that we can keep them informed of our progress as we work towards releasing the first properties onto the market.”

Marie added: “With high specification fixtures and fittings in every room of every home, Thornton Cross offers the ideal solution for those who want a quality built family home. The homes are perfect for people moving up the property ladder and with the offer of part exchange they could enjoy a hassle-free move. In the current climate many purchasers are opting to part exchange rather than wait to for a buyer, which could mean getting stuck in a chain and they won’t even have to pay estate agent’s fees.”

Prospective purchasers can register their interest in the homes at Thornton Cross by visiting