The final bricks have been laid in a £4m project which has seen 52 new council homes built in Newark and Sherwood - the first in the district for more than 30 years.
Newark and Sherwood District Council, along with its housing management organisation, Newark and Sherwood Homes which managed the project, and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the national housing and regeneration agency which helps to create opportunities for people to live in high quality, sustainable places, built the varying styles and sizes of homes in both rural and urban locations to address significant housing need faced by the council.
The completion of the affordable scheme of three x 2 bedroom houses and four x 1 bedroom apartments at Norwood Gardens, Southwell (to be known as Town Mill Close) marks the completion of the programme of whole programme which has also seen homes built in Clipstone, Bleasby, Boughton and Balderton and Newark, across two phases of 26 homes.
All the new homes have been built to high sustainability specifications with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. They have also been built to Lifetime Homes Standards. This is a set of principles which help maximise utility, independence and quality of life, while not compromising other design issues such as aesthetics or cost effectiveness.
Newark and Sherwood District Council’s cabinet member for Health and Homes, Coun Bruce Laughton, said: “In Newark and Sherwood we have about 5,500 applicants registered on the council housing waiting list.
“These superb new homes created through excellent partnership working will help meet what is an extensive affordable housing need within the district.
“While offering affordable homes for local people in housing need, all eight developments have provided opportunities for local people in terms of jobs and training. The contractor for phase 2, Apollo Homes, was required to use local labour where possible and provide training opportunities where appropriate.”
The vice-chairman of the board of Newark and Sherwood Homes, Mr Richard Tracy, said: “The Government announced the Local Authority New Build Programme in May 2009 so the council and Newark and Sherwood Homes worked quickly to put together a package of schemes for funding bids to the Homes and Community Agency.
“Meeting the deadline was no easy task and it demonstrated excellent and efficient partnership working between the council and Newark and Sherwood Homes to create the approach, the schemes and the specifications from scratch.
“All 52 of the new build properties are constructed to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 which is above the required standard of Building Regulations.”