Work under way on new £5.7m homes scheme

Project manager Neil Marson, construction manager David Morley, Cllr Lora Lawman and Wellingborough Homes' Tim Davy and David Willis
Project manager Neil Marson, construction manager David Morley, Cllr Lora Lawman and Wellingborough Homes' Tim Davy and David Willis

Building work has started on a new £5.7m affordable homes scheme in Wellingborough.

Following the demolition of buildings at Knights Court, off Gold Street, in the town, new modern self-contained apartments and facilities will be built in its place.

The site will also have communal facilities, including an arts and crafts lounge, a library and music room, a treatment room and hair salon, laundry rooms, buggy store, lifts and two assisted bathrooms.

Wellingborough Homes, which owns the site, held a brick laying ceremony at Knights Court yesterday to make the start of the work.

Chief executive David Willis said: “We have been working in close partnership with our residents to develop plans for Knights Court that will meet the housing needs of people in this area, while planning for the needs of our future residents as well.

“In the last four years we have invested more than £57m into our housing stock, ensuring the provision of quality affordable housing for people across the borough.

“As a four-year-old organisation, we are delighted to be in the position where we can add to our stock by building some of our first new homes. Together with this scheme, we are currently building 101 new homes and have a further 22 homes in the pipeline.” 

Funding for the scheme includes investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, the national housing and regeneration agency for England.

Cllr Lora Lawman, deputy mayor of Wellingborough, said: “The council is delighted to be working with Wellingborough Homes to be part of this exciting new development.

“As well as being tailored to meet the needs of our more vulnerable residents, the wider community will also benefit from the extended facilities.

“We look forward to seeing the completed apartments later this year.”

Cathy Mulholland, of Fulmar Lane, Wellingborough, said: “I’ve got a couple of friends who live there and I thought the homes there were alright as they were. Although I think they did need modernising a bit. But it does seem like a lot of money to be spending at the moment.”

The scheme is due to be completed in December 2012.