Social housing project to be upgraded after £1.5m funding

One of the properties

A social housing complex in Lancashire is to be refurbished following a £1.5m funding package from Unity Trust Bank.

Windmill (MG) Ltd owns 20 bungalows in Melton Grove, Lytham St Annes, which provide tailor-made homes for adults with learning difficulties, sheltered accommodation for elderly residents and affordable housing for homeless people.

Set in four acres and with a woodland nearby, the development provides a peaceful place to live where people can integrate with each other and the broader community in a safe environment.

The loan from Unity will be used to upgrade the properties which were built in the 1950s.

Peter Whitehead, director of Windmill (MG), said: “We acquired the bungalows in 2011.

“Two were derelict and most had the original kitchens and bathrooms and a number of them fell short of acceptable living conditions.

“This funding will be used to refinance part of the original purchase and help us to upgrade the existing properties.”

He added: “We have been delighted with the support we’ve received from Unity Trust Bank. We chose to work with Unity because their ethics and objectives are aligned with ours.”

Windmill (MG), part of The Windmill Group, works in partnership with One Fylde – a not-for-profit agency which helps people with learning difficulties – and three of the bungalows have been specially adapted to help residents with assisted living.

The other properties are let on a ‘life-time tenancy’ to previous council tenants and to people referred by Streetwise, a charity which helps the homeless.

This is a new relationship between Unity Trust Bank and Windmill (MG) and represents a significant funding investment.

Andy Ledger, relationship manager at Unity Trust Bank, said: “There is a massive demand for social housing across the whole country. This loan will be used to continue to provide stable living arrangements for tenants in Melton Grove and enhance their independence and quality of life.

“We are committed to having a positive impact on the communities we serve and are delighted to support Windmill (MG).”