Colne housing development wins excellence award

Twelve bungalows designed for older people have been recognised with a national award for excellence and inspiration.

The housing development, on Keighley Road in Colne was built by Pendle Enterprise And Regeneration Ltd (PEARL), a joint venture between Pendle Council and Barnfield Construction.

The project was funded by The Peter Birtwhistle Trust, named after a jeweller who left his entire fortune  to provide housing for people in his home town of Colne when he died in 1927.

Now it has been recognised by HRH The Prince of Wales and the National Association of Almshouses with an award for Excellence and Inspiration.

Alan Davies, chair of trustees of the Peter Birtwistle charity and housing association, said: "We are continuing to develop Peter's generous legacy by providing homes for life for elderly people in Colne.

“We’ve worked in partnership with PEARL to increase the number of affordable bungalows the Trust can offer to elderly people in Colne."

As a local developer with deep roots in Pendle we’re thrilled with the award.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council and a PEARL board member explained: "I visited the bungalows when the project was completed in March last year and was very impressed with the development.

“The homes have been designed with wide entrance halls to make them easier to move around in and they’re wheelchair friendly,” he explained. 

"Our residents are enjoying the stunning countryside views from their balconies and the community spirit here is good, so it’s a great place to live,” added.

Tim Webber, managing director of Barnfield Construction said: “As a local developer with deep roots in Pendle we’re thrilled with the award and for our part in providing new homes for local people."