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|Title:||Doncaster to get 141 extra council homes by 2018|
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|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster will benefit from 141 extra council homes by March 2018, following a decision in the council’s cabinet today.
The programme will be funded through a combination of resources from Doncaster Council and a £2.18m Government grant through the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The properties will be owned by Doncaster Council and managed by St. Leger Homes. They will be let at an affordable rent to people on the Doncaster Housing Register.
The homes will include 123 new-build units on eight sites across the borough, subject to planning consent. A further 18 properties will be added to the council’s stock during 2015/16 through the St Leger Homes Purchase and Repair Scheme. Under the scheme properties which meet the criteria and have been empty for more than six months are bought and upgraded.
Councillor Christine Mills, Doncaster’s cabinet member for housing, said: ‘I am delighted that we have been awarded this Government funding which will help us to deliver this significant number of extra affordable homes to alleviate the shortage within the borough.’
The new-build properties will be developed on land already owned by the council. If planning permission is granted they will include:
• 60 units in Layden Drive, Scawsby
• 7 units in Shelley Avenue, Balby
• 19 units in Victoria Court, Bentley
• 11 units in Mere Lane, Armthorpe
• 12 units in Ashwood House, Adwick
• 4 units in Wildflower Close and 3 Whitcomb Drive, Rossington
• 7 units in Abbey Green, Dunscroft
The council also aims to expand its programme to bring empty homes in areas of housing need back into use, subject to further HCA funding after 2016.
The programme approved today will run consecutively with an existing £10m council-funded initiative to deliver more than 100 new council homes. Building is already underway on this scheme with the first 10 units completed in Woodlands and Cantley. The remaining homes will be built on sites in Askern, Carcroft and Cantley.
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