Corby Council has taken over the management of 18 new homes on the former Canada Square site in the town.
The square, on the Kingswood estate, was demolished in 2014 to make way for new housing after problems with anti-social behaviour and violent crime began to plague the area.
The renamed Alberta and Barnard Close development is nearing full completion, and the council has now taken over the management of 18 new housing association homes alongside the 18 new council homes on the site.
An official handover to mark the partnership between Corby Council and Leicester Housing Association, part of the ASRA Housing Group, took place yesterday (Wednesday, December 9) on the development site.
The management agreement came after Corby Council ran a small pilot of private sector leasing earlier in the year and involves a three-year contract for the council to provide landlord and repair services to the tenants of these 18 new homes.
Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie said: “Corby Council is the biggest landlords of affordable housing in Corby, giving us the knowledge and expertise needed to be able to expand our services and offer good practice management to both public and private sector landlords in the Borough.
“Offering our competitive services to a wider business audience makes sense and shows the Borough Council is leading the way when it comes to new and original ways to run local services for local people.
“We are pleased to be able to work with ASRA in order to provide new affordable homes for the people of Corby and we look forward to seeing this kind of partnership working continuing to grow in the future.”
Director of development at ASRA William Cornall said: “This innovative partnering arrangement built on many years of close co-operation between the council and the ASRA Group shows that both parties are serious about continuing to build during a period of reducing grant, and that there is still an important role for both organisations in the future provision of affordable housing in the Corby area.
“This is a perfect example, demonstrating that there is a good future for house building when local authorities and housing associations are able to work together in this way.”