11:43 Thursday 19 December 2013

Green light given to £5 million affordable houses project

Written byMARK MCKAY

THE green light has been given for £5 million of affordable housing in South Derbyshire.

South Derbyshire District Council planners have rubber stamped plans to build four homes in Pine Grove and St Catherine’s Road, Newhall.

There are also plans to put bricks and mortar in place on another 45 homes over the next two years to bolster the authority’s housing stock which currently stands at 3,038.

The authority will meet the £5.37 million cost of the projects through its existing resources, borrowing and money from selling council houses to tenants.

John Lemmon (right), chairman of housing and community cervices for the district council, said the projects will provide jobs to boost the district’s economy.

He said: “This is a fantastic milestone to reach in a short space of time and a huge step forward for the council.

“Not only are these developments set to have a positive impact on the quality housing provision in South Derbyshire and make in roads into lengthy waiting lists, they will also act a catalyst for boosting employment and training opportunities.”

Affordable homes are social rented and intermediate housing, provided to households whose needs are not met by the market.

The authority has given priority to the areas which have the greatest demand and therefore the greatest need.

It is also hoped the project will reduce the waiting list for houses, which is at its highest ever level with more than 2,000 applications.

Bob Ledger, director of housing and environmental services for the district council, said: “This is an investment in our residents and their future.”

Other planning applications have been submitted as emphasis is placed on identifying council owned land to serve present and future housing requirements.

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