Opening of Kettering affordable housing scheme

John Conway, Barbara Baldwin, district housing manager at Orbit Heart of England, Cllr Steve Bellamy and Chris Jones from Orbit Homes
John Conway, Barbara Baldwin, district housing manager at Orbit Heart of England, Cllr Steve Bellamy and Chris Jones from Orbit Homes

A new development of affordable homes in a town centre has been officially opened.

The development, at Blackberry Fields, Thurston Drive, Kettering, cost £5.5 million and will bring 43 affordable homes – including two-, three- and four-bed houses and a three-bed bungalow adapted for disabled people.

The scheme is run by Orbit Heart of England Housing Association, the second largest landlord of social housing in the Kettering borough.

Cllr Steve Bellamy, portfolio holder for housing at Kettering council, said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working with major housing providers like Orbit Heart of England, delivering mixed tenure housing for local people.

John Conway, the council’s head of housing, added: “Kettering Borough Council has been pleased to work in partnership with Orbit Heart of England over many years. With over 1,600 households on our waiting list, delivering new affordable homes remains as high a priority as ever. This scheme adds to a total of over 220 new homes delivered by Orbit Heart of England in the Borough during the past 5 years highlighting their commitment to Kettering.”