More affordable homes built in Amber Valley

MORE than 100 new affordable homes were built in Amber Valley during the last year - more than four times the amount built the year before.

This number includes 38 homes in Swanwick and 19 in Somercotes, with funding for them coming from a £250,000 Local Government Grant, £485,000 from the private sector and more than £2.7m from a Communities Agency Grant.

The idea of affordable housing is to give people on low incomes the opportunity to buy their first home.

Most of the new affordable homes are provided by housing associations for rent to applicants on the housing register, but Amber Valley Borough Council has also helped 15 families buy their first home through an affordable home ownership programme.

A further eight families were assisted through the Government’s Mortgage Rescue Scheme, preventing them from having their homes repossessed. Coun Norman Bull, cabinet member for sustainable housing, said: “These figures represent a huge improvement in the provision of affordable housing in Amber Valley.

“The new affordable homes have made a real difference to people’s lives.

“Some have moved from unsuitable homes into good quality rented accommodation, some have been able to buy their first home and others have avoided the grim prospect of repossession.

“With further schemes on the way in the next year we look forward to see more people in Amber Valley get a home that meets their needs, that they can afford and that is in an area they want to live.”

Information on the council’s affordable home ownership programme can be obtained from Sue Li on 01773 841430.