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Residents move into their new council homes

Published Monday, 24th February 2020

investing in Housing. £9.5m to buy more council homes, £6.6m for decent homes programme, £14.5m for council housebuilding

A project to buy private property and turn it into council housing is paying off, as four of the homes are already occupied.

At their meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 25 February), cabinet councillors will receive an update on the council’s ‘housing and development pipeline’.

Twenty-two homes have been bought on the open market so far, totalling £5.3m of investment. A further £1m is being spent to buy five more homes which are under offer. Thirty percent of this is from right to buy receipts received by the council.

The properties are being added to the council’s housing stock and will ensure that some families can move out of temporary accommodation.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, says: “As a joint administration we promised to provide new social housing and key worker housing as a priority and we are doing just that by getting on with the this project and delivering at real pace.

“We have now added 22 new homes to our council housing stock, and have another five under offer.

“Most pleasing of all however is the fact that local families in temporary accommodation are already able to call these new council properties their home.”

Councillors will also receive an update on the council’s development pipeline – a range of opportunity sites which could be brought forward for housing and other uses in the future.

The full report is available to view online.