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Work starts on pioneering social housing project in Nottinghamshire

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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Work has just started on a £5.7 million project in Harworth, Nottinghamshire, in what is being billed as the first major social housing project in the district for 35 years.

Bassetlaw District Council, A1 Housing and construction company Woodhead are involved in the 43 new homes on Smith Square. The non-traditional 'Airey' houses - a pre-fabricated house built in the 1950/60s – will be replaced with modern, energy efficient homes.

Just over £1m of government funding is coming from the Homes and Communities Agency and work began on 1 September.

Councillor Simon Greaves, leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: "There has been a lot of hard work and planning to get the project to this stage and I am delighted that we are now in a position to deliver more social housing within the district. In addition to providing new, energy efficient housing for Bassetlaw residents, this project is helping the local economy to grow with the creation of additional jobs, apprenticeships and community assets."

Don Spittlehouse, director for housing and technical at A1 Housing, said: "This is a great milestone for both A1 Housing and the council and will be the first time in more than 35 years that we have embarked on a building project of this scale. The development has been designed to accommodate the needs of tenants who currently live in this community as well as paying close attention to potential future housing demands."

Photo shows (L-to-R): Don Spittlehouse, Kenay Reshad, Glenn Slater, Simon Greaves, Mike Bowskill, Griff Wynne and Luke Downing.

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