A rundown area of the Kingswood estate in Corby is being demolished and the area given a new lease of life.
The latest regeneration project by Corby Council, in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Lodge Park Partnership Homes Ltd and ASRA Housing Group, will see 43 outdated flats, an empty pub and shops in Canada Square replaced with 36 new affordable homes.
Of the 36 properties, 18 will be council homes, consisting two bedroom houses and two bedroom flats designed for older residents. They will add to the borough’s social housing portfolio and provide quality, modern housing to local residents on the housing waiting list.
The new council homes are scheduled for completion in spring next year, made possible by a total of nearly £1.5m funding from the HCA’s Affordable Housing Programme.
This funding is being used to deliver not only the 18 council properties at Canada Square, but also the 10 in Finland Way that will be complete later this year and a further 30 new council homes in Boston Close and Leighton Road, by Spring 2015.
This follows the success of the estate’s Colyers Gardens development where 30 council houses, comprising of two bedroom bungalows and two and three bedroom houses, along with a mix of affordable private homes were completed in September 2011.
Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Just two weeks ago we were celebrating the topping out ceremony of new homes in Finland Way and now we are seeing further development begin in Kingswood. Canada Square was in desperate need of regeneration and we are very pleased to see the tired buildings begin to come down and make way for a new beginning.
“Through this development not only are we again able to deliver further on our growth agenda but more importantly we will be adding more variety to our housing stock and providing the people of Corby with additional modern and affordable family homes that they deserve and need.
“A lot of hard work and community involvement has been put in place to get us to this point so it is fantastic to start the ball rolling and begin providing the residents of Kingswood with another area which they can be proud of and which complements the regeneration that has already been completed in the community.”
Mark Anslow of Asra, said: “It’s great to be working again with Corby Council and Lodge Park, this time on the Canada Square regeneration project. Asra’s share of the scheme will provide 12 new family houses plus four flats and two bungalows for older residents, all at affordable rents.”
Ian Stimpson, managing director of Lodge Park Partnership Homes, said: “This is our second affordable housing project in the town in less than a year and further underlines our financial commitment to the town. The Canada Square project will not only provide much needed affordable housing, but will also generate valuable work opportunities during the construction process.”