Eyesore areas in Corby transformed with new homes

Robin and Marjorie Laing receive the keys from Corby councillor Bob Eyles, lead member for housing
Robin and Marjorie Laing receive the keys from Corby councillor Bob Eyles, lead member for housing
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A regeneration programme which is transforming rundown areas of Corby and providing much-needed homes has entered a new phase.

Work started this week on a housing development in Boston Close on the Kingswood estate.

Corby Council, in partnership with Willmott Dixon Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), is to provide 26 one-bedroom flats, two-bedroom houses and two-bedroom bungalows for people on the housing waiting list.

The development is expected to be complete in spring 2015.

Boston Close along with similar schemes in Canada Square and Leighton Road, also due to be completed next spring, have received a total of £1.5m from the HCA’s affordable housing programme to provide council properties.

Corby Council, in partnership with Lodge Park Partnership Homes, ASRA Housing Group and the HCA, has also provided 10 council homes, eight properties for affordable ownership and 21 new homes for private sale in Finland Way on the Danesholme estate.

A further eight council properties are due to be ready in October.

This week Robin and Majorie Laing received the keys of their council bungalow in Finland Way. A spinal injury left Mr Laing, 75, unable to climb the stairs in the couple’s three-bedroom house in Corby.

Mrs Laing said: “We love everything about the new bungalow. It allows us to easily get the wheelchair in and out and we are really close to our children and grandchildren so we are very happy.”

Mr Laing added: “I’m in a lot of pain all of the time so moving in to the bungalow will make a world of difference.”