Modern bungalows being built on former garage forecourt in Corby

The topping out ceremony for the Willowbrook development in Corby
The topping out ceremony for the Willowbrook development in Corby

A topping out ceremony has been held for a new development which will provide modern bungalows for people in Corby.

The development, off Willowbrook Road on the Lodge Park estate, will see an unused garage forecourt which had attracted anti-social behaviour replaced with five new bungalows, all fitted with fuel bill reducing technology and wet rooms that will be suitable for older people.

The two-bedroom bungalows will provide free electricity for the tenant through solar photovoltaic panels and will add to the borough’s social housing portfolio, providing good quality, modern housing to local residents on the housing waiting list.

Work started on site four months ago and completion is due by the end of March, although prospective tenants will be nominated prior to completion so they can move in once ready.

The scheme is just one of the council’s new build projects within a programme looking to address a growing need for housing by delivering good quality new homes suitable for letting to those most in need.

Corby Council has been working in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Willmott Dixon Homes on the development.

Council leader Tom Beattie said: “This is a project that sought to go some way towards addressing a growing older population by building homes that meet need on a small garage site that was underused and in need of regenerating, whilst at the same time addressing fuel poverty issues and reducing Corby’s carbon footprint.

“We are delighted by the progress of this development and are looking forward to letting these new homes to tenants who will benefit not only from a good quality new home but lower fuel bills too.

“Indeed this is a further example of the council’s commitment to growth and regeneration, as already seen in areas such as Finland Way, and we are very proud to be one of the few councils still building much needed and in demand council properties.”

Area manager for the South East Midlands at the HCA, Michael David said: “Corby Borough Council is directly responding to the needs of older people with this scheme at Willowbrook Road.

“These bungalows will not only help to meet the needs Corby’s older population but they will also greatly reduce their fuel bills.

“This is exactly the type of scheme that the HCA are proud to support through the AHP.

“The HCA are keen to see that these bungalows are completed by the end of the financial year so it’s great to see progress with their construction today.”

Simon Liversage, regional operations director from Willmott Dixon, said: “We are very happy to be partnering with Corby Borough Council and the HCA to deliver these energy efficient bungalows.

“What is particularly satisfying is that we are bringing back to life a once blighted site and turning it into a modern fuel efficient bungalow scheme for the elderly residents.

“It continues Willmott Dixon’s commitment to local authorities to develop schemes that address fuel poverty for local residents, enhancing their well-being in the process.”

Anyone who wants to be considered for any housing available through Corby Council can contact the housing options team on 01536 464631 or visit the council website and search for Keyways for information on how to apply for housing.

For further information on this and other projects please go to www.corby.gov.uk and search for regeneration.