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One Vision Housing marks first housing development in West Lancashire with burial of a time capsule

One Vision Housing’s (OVH) first housing development in West Lancashire has been recorded with the burial of a time capsule.


Work is nearing completion on the £3.7 million Old School Close development in the village of Banks. It comprises 29 homes including five three-bedroom houses, 12 two-bedroom houses and 12 one-bedroom apartments.


West Lancashire Mayor, Councillor Liz Savage, was given a tour of the new development and show home by OVH’s managing director Jed Pearson and development director Louise Davies.


Eight competition winners, students from local St Stephens C of E Primary School, also visited the site to see the time capsule buried. Pupils from the school have helped to choose the content of the time capsule – items that best represent what it’s like to live and/or go to school in the village. These include recent issues of local newspapers, a recent school photograph of St Stephens Primary, a school tie, a Lego model, and a popular book read by the students.


As part of the competition, the students were invited to complete a workbook, in which they explained what it’s like to live and/or go to school in Banks, and designed a futuristic family home which they expect will be built in 50 years’ time.


Councillor Savage said: “It was an honour to judge the competition; the children had obviously put a lot of thought into their entries. It will be interesting in 50 years’ time for them to see if any of their ideas are incorporated into future developments.”


OVH will be selling 11 of the properties through its shared ownership scheme but the majority are being let at affordable rent and allocated through the local choice-cased lettings scheme, West Lancs Home Finder.


Pearson, said: “We’re extremely proud to be working with West Lancashire Council, on hopefully the first many new housing developments for the county. We have had high levels of interest in the properties available for rent and also for sale.


“We would also like to say a big thank you to St Stephens Primary School, for helping us to celebrate this special occasion.”



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