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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

New 'bedroom tax homes' built New 'bedroom tax homes' built

Work has begun on 18 new 'affordable' homes in Lancaster that are intended to boost the supply of properties for people hit by the bedroom tax.

The Guinness Partnership's £1.3 million development in the Scale Hall area will deliver six two-bed houses and 12 one-bed flats arranged as semi-detached pairs.

The new builds will be insulated well above current buildings regulations and will also adhere to Secure by Design principles which focus on safety and security, according to developer Melrose Construction.

Richard Parker, an architect at Harrison Pitt Architects, the firm that designed the homes, said: “Recent changes in government housing policy are fuelling a demand for homes with fewer bedrooms, but it’s important for housing design to remain flexible and adaptable to meet future needs.

“The energy-efficient homes in this development will help address these local housing needs. The one bedroom flats feature a design which means they can easily be converted back to three-bedroom houses if needed.”

Work on the new homes is expected to be complete by January.

Allan Ramsay, director of investment and regeneration at Guinness, said: "We’re really pleased to be able to commit additional funding in Lancaster where we know there will be a strong demand for these new homes from local people. We’re also grateful to the city council for supporting our bid to the Homes and Communities Agency who are contributing around £270,000 towards the scheme costs to make the rents genuinely affordable.”

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