Affordable homes to transform derelict pub site in Wellingborough
Published by kerri smith for Wellingborough Homes in Housing and also in Communities
A £2.5 million development of affordable homes is set to transform a derelict pub site in Wellingborough town.
Planners gave the go-ahead at the beginning of the month for Wellingborough Homes’ scheme to build a complex of 26 flats on the site of the disused and dilapidated Dun Cow pub, in Gold Street.
The housing association’s development of properties for social rent will help tackle the borough’s shortage of affordable homes and give a new lease of life to the rundown former pub site, which has lain empty for a number of years.
It is hoped to start work shortly and the homes should be completed in early 2014.Wellingborough Homes is working with property developers Westleigh Developments to build the mix of six two-bedroom flats and 14 one-bedroom flats, plus six more spacious one-bedroom flats which will each have a study room.
Dave Willis, Chief Executive of Wellingborough Homes, said: “We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead for this important development, which is part of our plans to begin building 115 new homes for the people of Wellingborough over the coming year.
“The scheme is a constructive use of a disused site and will help address the shortage of affordable homes in the borough.”
“By building more one-bedroom flats within this development, it gives us the opportunity to help people who are looking to downsize because of the so called ‘bedroom tax’ which the Government will put in place from April,” he added.
Matthew Moore, Property Director of Westleigh Developments, comments, “This scheme demonstrates our commitment to the area, building much-needed affordable homes for local people. It isalso an excellent example of partnership working for the local area, providing a number of training and employment opportunities, as well as a positive boost to the local economy.”
When work begins on the site, the Dun Cow pub sign is to be given toWellingboroughMuseumwhich has a number of such local signs in its collection.
Wellingborough Homes has already previously invested £16 million in five schemes to provide 112 affordable homes across the borough – Kingfisher Close,Bronte Court,Blake Court,LadywellParkandKnights Court.