Hopkins sees affordable housing in Nottinghamshire
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins visited developments in Nottinghamshire to see desperately needed affordable new homes in the area.
Hopkins said: "I was glad to see for myself the results of years of hard work by Newark and Sherwood Homes to deliver high-quality affordable homes that the local community needs.
"We’ve already delivered 170,000 new affordable homes since 2010 and want to go further, so I was particularly pleased to hear that Newark and Sherwood are planning to apply for a share of the £300 million extra borrowing we’re making available."
Newark and Sherwood Homes arranged the Boughton and Bilsthorpe event.
Hopkins, and local MP Mark Spencer, first visited a housing scheme managed by Newark and Sherwood Homes on Newark Road in Boughton which received £2.2 million of Homes and Community Agency grant funding in 2011. Here they met with tenants and were given a chance to look around one of the properties.
Hopkins then stopped off at Scarborough Road in Bilsthorpe, where work has recently started on building 25 bungalows to be let at affordable rent. Newark and Sherwood Homes secured funding of almost £500,000 from the Department of Health’s care and support specialised housing fund for this development by Edwinstowe construction firm Robert Woodhead Ltd. It’s due to be completed by March 2015.
Hopkins also visited nearby Burton Court Community Centre in Bilsthorpe where he met tenant Ben Hardy, who recently completed the GOALS UK programme run by Newark and Sherwood Homes, which aims to improve self-esteem and employability skills. He also met representatives of the Newark and Sherwood Federation of Tenants’ and Residents’ Association Tony Straw, Graham Tomlinson and Kate Carter.
Newark and Sherwood Homes chief executive Rebecca Rance said it was a great chance to show "how money being invested by the Homes and Communities Agency in projects in helping to meet the needs of local people".
Newark and Sherwood Homes is the management organisation that was set up by Newark and Sherwood District Council in 2004 to manage, maintain and improve council housing. The organisation manages approximately 5,500 homes on behalf of the council.
Photo shows (L to R) Newark and Sherwood Homes’ Ginette Hughes, Kris Hopkins MP, Mark Spencer MP, tenants Wendy Murray and Gary Banford with their son.