Hidden Homes created in Kettering

Cllr Russell Roberts
Cllr Russell Roberts

Two new one-bedroom flats have been created for older people in Kettering under a scheme called ‘Hidden Homes’.

Kettering Council has opened up the two properties at The Lawns in Saunders Close, Kettering.

These are the first properties to be developed by the authority under its ‘Hidden Homes’ programme which aims to create new urgently needed new housing from the authority’s existing property assets.

A three bedroom house, previously occupied by the warden at the sheltered housing scheme, was converted to provide two one-bedroom flats for older people. The properties are designed to be wheelchair accessible with wet room facilities and an open plan design.

Work began on the project in April, which was completed on schedule and within budget.

Kettering Council leader Russell Roberts welcomed the new development.

He added: “The council has worked with housing associations to provide over 800 new affordable homes in the last five years.

“The two new flats at The Lawns are the first new council homes to be developed by Kettering Borough Council for many years and, as such, are a very welcome addition to our housing stock.”

John Conway, head of housing at Kettering Council, said, “The council’s ‘Hidden Homes’ programme is a very cost-effective way of developing more homes for people in housing need.

“Kettering has a shortage of one and two bedroom homes which these two flats will help to meet”.

Cllr Steve Bellamy, Kettering Borough Council portfolio holder for housing, added:

The two new homes were recently unveiled at a launch event hosted by Cllr Russell Roberts, which was attended by residents of The Lawns.