New houses plan for rundown sites

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Two rundown sites are being transformed to provide much-needed affordable homes.

Corby Council’s former hostels for the homeless at Bridge Court, and its derelict former depot, off Cottingham Road, are to be developed.

The depot site has been sold for development for almost £1.2m.

Doncaster-based developer Strata and Metropolitan Housing have already started work at Bridge Court.

The development will include 16 two-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom affordable homes, as well as a car parking area.

It is hoped the first families will have moved in by Christmas.

Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie said: “Bridge Court served the people of Corby well, however it was tired, dated and was no longer fit for purpose.

“At a time where there is a large demand for affordable housing we are very pleased to be able to see a development of this nature.

“Now we have alternative emergency accommodation that is much more suitable and comfortable for those that find themselves homeless and through this development Corby has further affordable homes to offer those that want to get on the property ladder.

On top of that Corby is benefiting from replacing an ageing complex with a fresh, new development and we look forward to seeing people begin to move in.’

Andrew Weaver, Strata’s managing director, said: “We are pleased to continue building our partnership with Metropolitan Housing and are looking forward to bringing these much needed homes to Corby.”

The former council depot is also being developed by Strata.

It plans to build 74 homes on the nine-acre site, a fifth of which will be affordable housing. The site has not been used since the depot was demolished in the 1990s.

The sale of the land was completed on March 21 and Strata has now started work on the development which is expected to be completed by spring 2015. It will include two, three and four bedroom houses and four and five bedroom detached properties.