Work on a multi-million pound development to provide new affordable homes for local people in and around Kirkby Lonsdale has begun.
South Lakes Housing (SLH), together with South Lakeland District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) is investing £1.7m to create 10 new affordable homes at Jubilee Close, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Consultations were carried out with local people before the planning application for the site was submitted in order that their views could be considered. Russell Clarke, Director of Assets and Investments for South Lakes Housing Association explained:
“We are delighted to start this new-build scheme to create much needed homes for local people in the Kirkby Lonsdale area.
“Since South Lakes Housing was formed in 2012 we have carried out a significant refurbishment programme to the housing stock spending in excess of £10m so far with further works planned up to a value of £38 million. This to maintain the high standard of our housing stock in South Lakeland and to increase energy efficiency of the homes.
“These new homes at Jubilee Close adjacent to our Sheltered Housing Scheme at Binfold Croft are the first of our ambitious new build programme. The site represents the success of our partnership working with South Lakes District Council and the Homes and Community Agency in providing rented homes for local people.
Esh Property Services is carrying out the construction work on behalf of South Lakes Housing Association and the HCA, building the homes and carrying out associated works including infrastructure, new roads and landscaping. Graham Morgan, Operations Director for Esh Property Services commented:
“We’re delighted to be working with South Lakes Housing to deliver these much needed homes and we are looking forward to working with the local community too.
“This is a great scheme – the homes have been designed to complement local housing and will be constructed using traditional materials such as slate and stone. Many energy-saving features including efficient boilers and insulation will help to keep running costs low, making the homes even more affordable.”
The ten homes comprise two 3 bedroom semi-detached houses, six 2 bedroom semi-detached split-level houses and two 2 bedroom detached bungalows.
The scheme is due to be completed in before Christmas 2014 and the 10 new homes will be available for rent at ‘social levels’, which is a level agreed for local people moving into local housing. Russell Clarke explained further:
“Once complete, the homes will be available for rent at social rent levels which are set below market rents for the area. We’re really looking forward to working with local people and to meeting their particular needs to the very best of our ability.
“With more so many people currently looking for an affordable home to rent in South Lakeland, the need for affordable housing in the area far outstrips supply. Schemes like this are helping South Lakeland residents to stay in the villages and towns where they have a connection rather than them having to move away.”