The ground-breaking ceremony for work on a rundown area of the Kingswood estate in Corby has taken place.
The 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with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Lodge Park Partnership Homes Ltd and ASRA Housing Group, will see 43 outdated flats, an empty pub and shops in Canada Square replaced with 36 new affordable homes.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.
Speaking earlier this year, Ian Stimpson, managing director of Lodge Park Partnership Homes, said: “The Canada Square project will not only provide much needed affordable housing, but will also generate valuable work opportunities during the construction process.”
For more information about the development, which had its ground-breaking ceremony today (Tuesday), go to www.keyways.org.uk.