100th new council home marks milestone for borough

The first tenants are settling into their new homes at The Orchard in Park Barn, where we recently completed the build of 18 flats, nine of which are wheelchair-accessible.

The homes are on the site of the former Apple Tree pub and have been welcomed by the local community.

Since 2014, when central government gave local councils new powers to build more council homes, we have built more than 115 new properties around the borough. We also have several other sites in development including 12 flats at Ladymead which are due to complete this autumn.

New homes
Cllr Angela Goodwin, Lead Cllr for Housing (social and affordable), Homelessness, Access and Disability says: "I'm delighted that we've reached this important milestone of building 100 new council homes for local residents who need them most.  There is a lack of affordable housing in our borough and house prices and rents are among the highest in the country. This particularly affects key workers such as nurses who provide essential services for our community. We need to provide affordable housing so more people can live near their jobs, which will also help reduce congestion on our roads and improve staff retention for local employers."

The new homes will be allocated to those on the council's Housing Register, which currently has over 2,000 people awaiting a new home.

Pictured above, from left to right: Philip O'Dwyer, Cllr James Steel, Cllr Angela Goodwin, Rachel Harper, Cllr Fiona White.

Published on Monday 2 September.