BOLSOVER: Council housing redevelopment gets top rating

Pictured is Bolsover District Cllr Karl Reid.
Pictured is Bolsover District Cllr Karl Reid.

BOLSOVER District Council’s Oxcroft Lane housing redevelopment has been named in the top 50 UK housing developments completed in 2012 by national industry magazine Inside Housing.

With social landlords playing an increasingly important role in supplying the UK’s homes, the list was compiled by a panel of judges who scrutinised a stack of entries to find affordable and social housing projects that really stand out.

The £3.8 million development saw 20 defective bungalows demolished and replaced with 15 bungalows and 20 general needs homes, 29 of which are affordable homes.

The developer Kier Partnerships had to be innovative when funding, which had been secured, was revoked due to the change of government and thinking. A quick redesign and re-submission of a new project to the Homes and Communities Agency secured £2.2 million national affordable housing programme funding.

The report also highlighted the consultation as an excellent element of the scheme, stating that ‘Knocking down people’s homes is never easy but, thanks to good consultation with existing residents’, judges felt the developers handled this scheme sensitively.’

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing Management, Cllr Karl Reid said: “We are obviously delighted to have been named in the top 50 schemes and to be one of only four Councils to have been recognised is a great achievement for us. We have always been committed to providing affordable accommodation for our local communities and to create twenty-nine brand new affordable homes from this scheme is a prime example of this.

“One of our biggest concerns was keeping the tenants informed, so together with the developers, we spent a lot of time and effort in talking to our tenants and developing the scheme to meet their needs and by being named in this list proves we achieved this.

“We are an ambitious Council and have already approved a new scheme at New Houghton that will see new council owned houses and bungalows built and are nearing completion of a development at Langwith for new council bungalows.”