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Work completed on Bromborough housing scheme
1:21pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A SCHEME to build 40 homes in Bromborough has been completed 26 years after the land was originally purchased by a housing association.
One of the country's oldest industrial villages, Bromborough Pool was developed in 1854 for candle factory workers.
It was already comprised of 49 Grade-II listed buildings, before the addition of Riverside Home Ownership 40 new builds.
The association has invested £5m in the new development with a fifth of this coming from the trustees of Ben Corless Sykes, who provided £1m to ensure the scheme came to fruition.
Progress on the development was slow, this was due to the strict regulations governing the refurbishment of the homes.
However, Riverside says it was determined to make the project work and made sure their plans met regulations.
Jennifer Bailey, the association's sales and business negotiator, said: "Everyone who has been involved in this agrees all the hard work has been worth with it.
"The development has been a success with purchasers; 17 out of the 26 three-bedroom houses available have now been reserved."
• Ben Corless Sykes was a Lancashire architect and philanthropist who insisted in his will that monies be used for homes with "an amount of land as to leave a place to create vegetables".
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