11th Dec, 2018

Key to the future: Redditch council hands over new homes to tenants

Correspondent 27th Nov, 2018

TENANTS in Enfield are now enjoying their new homes as the first residents to be placed in brand new properties as part of a programme to increase Council housing stock.

Following the handover of four new properties, several tenants are now living in brand new homes in Marton Close off Dixon Close after the council bought 11 properties from the new development.

The properties are: Two 2 bedroom bungalows, two 2 bedroom houses, one 3 bedroom house, six 1 bedroom flats.

The purchases come as part of the £12.5m Council Housing Growth Programme which was agreed in January 2017.

Council Leader Matt Dormer said: “Housing is a top priority for this council and the purchase of these new properties is just the first step towards developing our housing stock.

“It will allow us to literally ‘unlock’ properties within Redditch and place deserving tenants in good quality homes.

“With the suggested changes to the Housing Register also on the horizon, we’ll not only be able to help make up the shortage in social housing but also ensure they’re going to local people.”

Chelsea-Mae, a resident at one of the new properties, said: “It is such a lovely area to live, it’s quiet and all the neighbours are very friendly.

“There are shops and a park for the children close by which is a massive bonus! Moving into a new home is always stressful and worrying but the house itself is lovely and it wasn’t stressful at all as all the décor etc. is brilliant!”

Options to increase the amount of council housing available in the borough, as part of this three year programme, include buying properties, commissioning new housing stock, buying homes from developers, buying properties ‘off plan’, regenerating existing housing stock, buying stock from other providers and buy back or mortgage rescue schemes.

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