Melton Council has built its first new homes in nearly 30 years by regenerating three former garage sites it says were previously underused and in some cases derelict.
Ten new ‘affordable’ homes have been developed at old garage sites in Greaves Avenue and Tudor Hill in Melton and Saxelby Road in Asfordby.
The council says the new properties will ‘help regenerate the areas and provide much needed affordable housing’.
Councillor David Wright, chairman of the council’s community and social affairs committee said “This is a memorable occasion as the council hasn’t built new homes for nearly 30 years.
“We need to do more of these type of projects and I’ll be continuing to push for more schemes to be developed by using under-utilised land and other housing assets.”
He added: “There’s a clear shortage of affordable housing in the borough. This, and future projects, will help meet some of the demand and we will continue to work with our partners in delivering more regeneration schemes.”
Melton Council has taken opportunities provided from the housing revenue account reforms and made use of new homes bonus monies to fund the project. Leicestershire County Council has also significantly contributed to the project through its new homes bonus scheme.
Working with Melton Council on the affordable homes project have been GF Tomlinson Building Ltd (main build contract) and Faithful Gould (acting as project managers).