Mayor of Chesterfield, Cllr Don Parsons, helped to get a new development of affordable housing underway in Staveley.
Local housing provider Guinness Northern Counties is developing the 20 new family homes at Frecheville Street to help meet the urgent need for more affordable housing in the area.
The £2.3m development is due for completion in April 2014 and will provide 12 two and three bed homes for affordable rent and a further eight homes for sale through shared ownership.
The Mayor was joined at the ceremony by local councillors and partners in the project, including the deputy leader of Chesterfield, Cllr Terry Gilby, the leader of Staveley Town Council, Cllr Chris Ludlow and representatives of Guinness Northern Counties and building contractors D J Atkinson Construction Ltd.
The homes are being built in two rows on a formerly vacant site adjoining the Middlecroft estate. The project will include improvements to the highways and the allotments south of the site.
The shared ownership properties will enable people to take the first step on the homeownership ladder by purchasing a 50per cent stake in the homes, with the option to increase their share as and when they can afford.