FAMILIES are now moving onto a former supermarket site, previously branded an 'eyesore', which has been transformed into a multi-million housing development.
Trent & Dove Housing is celebrating the completion of the first phase of a £3.8 million housing development in Alexandra Road, Swadlincote.
Built on the former Kwik Save site, which shut down in 2007, the first phase of this development has seen 20 new homes become available for affordable rent to those on the South Derbyshire Housing list.
A total of 18 one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom houses have now started to see the arrival of new tenants, with a further 17 two-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses becoming available when the project is complete in early 2015.
Ron Dougan, chief executive at Trent & Dove Housing said: "We have taken a derelict, brownfield site, which was regarded by many as an eyesore, and are well on the way to transforming it into much needed affordable housing.
"Built to Sustainable level 3, all homes have energy efficient boilers and LED lighting making them fuel efficient and less expensive to run.
"We are pleased to have welcomed 20 new tenants and their families to this development over the last week and look forward to extending that welcome to an additional 21 families in the early part of next year."
A total of £188,017 will be ploughed into the town courtesy of a Section 106 agreement which sees developers provide cash to a community affected by a development.
In 2010 plans were originally submitted to turn it into a retirement complex.