Nuneaton and Bedworth leads the way in developing affordable housing
Published on Tuesday, 6th November 2018
At a Council Cabinet meeting last week, a mandate was made to expand the Borough Council’s new build programme to help meet the demand for affordable housing.
Like many local authorities across the country, NBBC has insufficient affordable homes to meet local demand and as a result, families are experiencing longer stays in temporary accommodation.
Following a highly successful pilot project using modern methods of construction, the Council intends to build on its modular housing approach and establish a formal procurement process, enabling houses to be ordered, built in a factory and delivered to site. A suite of house styles built to National Space Standards have been designed, which will give flexibility on what can be developed on any particular site as well as meeting the demand for the needs of single persons, couples and families.
Extensive work has been undertaken to identify brown field garage sites that can be brought forward as potential development sites. Homes England is fully supportive of this innovative approach to deliver additional new affordable homes across our Borough. Recognition of this approach has assisted in gaining full Investment Partner (IP) status for the Authority earlier this year. This status gives the Council access to Government funding, helping to increase the number of homes that can be potentially built.
Councillor Barry Longden, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Communities said:
“I am very pleased to be able to announce this innovative programme, aimed at helping the residents of our Borough into well designed, safe and affordable homes. Once again, this Council is ahead of the curve in terms of finding new and cost effective ways to meet housing need. We are leading the way nationally and other housing providers regularly seek the advice of our officers who have developed considerable expertise in this area.”
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