Ground cutting ceremony for Bilsthorpe bungalow scheme

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Dignitaries gathered at an official ground-cutting ceremony to mark the launch of a new housing scheme for Bilsthorpe which will see 25 new bungalows built.

County and district councillor, Bruce Laughton, was joined by directors of the board of Newark and Sherwood Homes and representatives of Edwinstowe-based construction company, Robert Woodhead Ltd.

The bungalows planned for the Scarborough Road site are designed to help meet long term housing needs in the area, which includes the requirements of an ageing population, and will be let at ‘affordable rent’- 20 per cent below market levels.

The scheme is a result of a successful bid made by Newark and Sherwood Homes, in partnership with the council, for £500,000 funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Newark and Sherwood Homes was set up by the district council in 2004 to manage, maintain and improve council housing. The organisation manages approximately 5,500 homes on behalf of the council.

Coun Bruce Laughton said: “This is a fantastic scheme that will see a number of much needed new homes being built in the area and will also benefit the economy by creating local employment opportunities.

The land is owned by the council and surrounds the Burton Court Community Centre on Scarborough Road, which already serves neighbouring sheltered housing residents.

The new homes will be built with features to assist independent living and making them suitable for elderly residents.

This includes lower windows, so residents can see outside when seated, along with few or no steps at entrance doors, easy access to kitchen windows for opening, level-access showers and a Lifeline system.

The properties will be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, which includes meeting high standards on energy and carbon dioxide emissions, water usage, locally-sourced materials, recycling waste, daylight and good insulation.

They are also designed with Air Source Heat Pumps to reduce tenant’s utility costs.

The homes are expected to be completed by March 2015.