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New £10m Runcorn development completed

The construction of a new £10 million residential development in Runcorn has been completed.

According to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Woodland Walk has benefited from a considerable influx of new properties over recent months, while renovation work has been carried out on many of the existing 1960s buildings at the site.

Since work got underway in 2010, the HCA has overseen the demolition of more than 240 deck access flats that were deemed no longer fit for purpose at the development, with these homes now replaced with stylish and comfortable properties fit for 21st century living.

In total, 98 new homes have now been built, including 58 two-bedroom flats, 19 two and three-bedroom houses and 21 shared ownership homes.

The project has been hailed as a significant transformation for the area and has created a welcoming and upmarket new community for the residents of Runcorn to enjoy over the coming years.

Peter Broad, Liverpool Homes Trust (LHT) project manager, said: "The improvements at Woodland Walk have been fantastic; the new homes complement the neighbourhood and we have had a great reaction to the project.

"The modern, energy efficient homes let in a lot of natural light and residents benefit from cheaper fuel bills. Access for vehicles and pedestrians has been improved and the landscaping in the surrounding areas has given it a new lease of life."

The project formed part of the wider regeneration of Runcorn, which has been a key aim of the HCA in recent years. All work at the Woodland Walk site was made possible through the partnership LHT, Halton Borough Council, Plus Dane Group and the HCA.

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director at the HCA, added the importance of replacing these deck access flats for the local community cannot be underestimated.

New families are moving into the properties at the development already, with 35-year-old Lynsey Jones, her husband and two children the first to take residence on Merlin Close. 

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