THIS picture shows the new development designed to help people on the property ladder in one of the borough's most affluent residential neighbourhoods.

Social landlord Bolton at Home is spearheading the scheme as part of a drive to build affordable homes in the borough.

Fourteen homes are being developed in Bromley Cross by the organisation — to be sold under the shared ownership scheme.

The development of the three-bedroom homes should be completed by February and says the town’s biggest social housing provider, will help people get on the property ladder in a more affordable way then buying a home in the area outright.

It is one of a number of affordable housing schemes.

Under this scheme, shared ownership allows people to buy a share of the property and pay rent on the other part which is owned by a housing association, in this case Bolton at Home.

Residents then have the option to buy the remaining share of the property in the future.

Dominic Conway, director of development and growth at Bolton at Home, said: “One of our main aims is to provide affordable housing in areas where it is in high demand.

“We know there are people who have family or who have grown up in Bromley Cross that are desperate to get on the housing ladder here to stay close to those family connections. Without providing housing options that are more affordable than market rates, many just wouldn’t be able to do that.

“Most of the new homes we’re bringing forward are for affordable rent, but we’ll also be building several shared ownership schemes across the region. Another added benefit is these schemes allow us to generate new income which, as a not-for-profit community benefit society, we can reinvest in making Bolton communities stronger.”

The site was recently visited by Bolton at Home board members, local ward councillors and the local MP.

The homes at Bromley Cross are being built by PLP Construction. They will be marketed under Bolton at Home’s shared ownership brand Stonecross Homes.

Bolton at Home has plans to create up to 1,400 new affordable homes in the region by 2024.

Park Grove, Westhoughton, completed earlier this year, was the first new build, shared ownership scheme ever run by Bolton at Home.

And in Little Lever a development made up of pre-built homes ­— the first of its kind in the borough ­— is underway.

Bolton at Home’s new 22 affordable houses are being built on land off Victory Road

The homes are being built using modular methods, meaning they are designed and manufactured in sections in a factory before being shipped to site and assembled.

The homes are expected to be complete in March 2020