Council tenants have moved into 21 new homes that have been handed over to North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) as part of an agreement with house builders.
David Wilson Homes and Bellway provided the council with the homes as part of the developer contribution to affordable housing in the district.
Nineteen of the properties are at Bellway’s Ashtree Gardens development in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and a further two are part of the David Wilson Homes Nursery Fields development in Measham.
This is a new method of providing affordable housing to those that need it in North West Leicestershire. Twenty-six homes in total have now been handed to the council as part of the scheme, including five properties on the new David Wilson Homes development at Hastings Park in Ashby-de-la-Zouch last year.
A further 19 properties are due to handed over to the council this year as part of these agreements. This is in addition to the 24 council homes being built by NWLDC in both Coalville and Ashby.
This agreement comes as NWLDC works to increase its housing stock to meet demand. The authority’s housing waiting list currently stands at 723 households.
Mary Tatler is one of the new tenants at Clay Court, Measham. She said: “It’s a real blessing – I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d be offered the chance to live in a new build home. I had been without a place to live so to be able to move into this cosy and easy-to-keep home has made me so happy.”
Deborah Kendall has also just moved into one of the council’s new properties. She said: “It means so much to have my own space again, and to have a new start and a new life. I’ve not been a council tenant before, but it gives me some real security and means I have so much less to worry about.”
Councillor Roger Bayliss, Portfolio Holder for Housing at NWLDC, said: “It is great to hear first-hand accounts of how this agreement with deveopers is helping people in need of homes.
“Our waiting list shows that there is a high demand for council homes. By using new agreements like this, as well as bulding our own homes, we can increase the number of affordable homes we have to let to those in housing need.”
Stephen Rose, Sales and Marketing Director for Bellway West Midlands, said: “It’s been great to work alongside North West Leicestershire District Council to provide high-quality new homes for the local people who need them.
“Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a fantastic location to live in, and we really hope that all those settling into life at Ashtree Gardens are very happy in their brand new home.”
To register to be on NWLDC’s housing register, and to find more information, please visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/housing_register