A former garage forecourt has been turned into bungalows to help provide housing for a growing older population.
Work has now finished on the new homes just off Willowbrook Road in Corby.
Corby Council, along with partners and residents, marked the completion of the development on the Lodge Park estate yesterday.
The development has seen an unused garage forecourt that once 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 provide free electricity for the tenant through solar photovoltaic panels and is a welcome addition to the borough’s social housing portfolio, providing good quality, modern housing to local residents.
Work started on site late last year and the first tenants are now able to make themselves at home.
It is just one of the council’s new build projects within an ambitious programme that seeks to address the growing requirment for housing by delivering good quality new homes suitable for letting to those most in need.
Leader of Corby Council, Cllr 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 that the new tenants can now 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.”
Willmott Dixon Homes’ operation manager, Gary Round, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Corby Borough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency on this and other housing projects within the town.
“It is particularly satisfying to deliver bungalows that are modern, fuel efficient and designed to enhance the well being of the older tenants who are now living in these new homes.”
Anyone who wishes to be considered for any housing available through Corby Council can contact the housing options team on 01536 464631 or visit the council’s website and search “Keyways” for information on how to apply for housing.
For further information on this and other projects go to www.corby.gov.uk and search “regeneration”.