Shared Ownership in Lancashire
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Lancashire, in North West England, has a population of around 1.2 million people. The county has a coastline, with Blackpool being one of its most famous towns and tourist destinations. There is also plenty of green space including the large Forest of Bowland. Whatever stage of life you’re at, an affordable Shared Ownership home could be your ideal next step.
The county borders Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Yorkshire and the Irish Sea. Tourist destinations such as the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District are within easy travel distance.
Residents work in the county’s major towns and cities such as Lancaster and Preston, they also commute to nearby Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Huddersfield.
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Lancaster Castle has been used as both a prison and a Crown Court, but is now open to the public seven days a week. Founded in the 11th Century, the castle was damaged during the Scottish invasion in the 1300s, strengthened in the 1500s because of the threat of Spanish invasion and used during the English Civil War.
Bird lovers can enjoy a day out at RSPB Leighton Moss on the edge of Morecambe Bay where the RSPB protects an area of salt marsh for birds such as avocets. Leighton Moss also has the largest reed bed in North-West England which is home to otters, marsh harriers and bitterns amongst other animals.
Morecambe Bay is the second largest bay in Britain and is an important wildlife site, home to many species of rare birds. It is famous for its salt marshes and fishermen who work in the bay catch mainly plaice, cockles and shrimp.
This large public art gallery in a mock Tudor house is in the town of Accrington. It’s home to the largest collection of Tiffany glass in Europe, 19th century oil paintings and watercolours.
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There are schools for all ages, from pre-school and primary through to colleges and sixth form centres. The county offers comprehensive education and independent private schools as well as specialist schools. These schools include Sabden Primary School, West Lancashire Community High School and Penwortham Girls’ High School.
Lancashire is well served by major roads including the M6, M55, M61 and M58 and the cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds are within easy commuting distance. The West Coast train line stops in Blackpool, Preston, Lancaster and London which is just two hours away. Residents can also use buses, trains and trams across the county.
Several Clinical Commissioning Groups share responsibility for public healthcare in Lancashire. These cover Blackpool, Chorley and South Ribble, East Lancashire, Fylde and Wyre, Greater Preston, Lancaster North and West Lancashire. There are GPs, dentists and other healthcare services and local hospitals include Greater Lancashire Hospital and the Royal Preston Hospital with an accident and emergency department.