Tenants move into new homes

Twenty local residents have moved into their brand new homes after moving out of their post war bungalows which were demolished.

Bolsover District Council and Derwent Living - in partnership with Kier Partnership - Homes welcomed the residents into their newly constructed bungalows following the demolition of their old, pre-fabricated tarran bungalows on Oxcroft Lane in Bolsover.

The £3.8 million scheme, supported by Homes and Communities’ £2.2 million of funding, ensured the redevelopment with new, modern, energy efficient bungalows with additional general needs houses.

They all have hot water heated by solar panels meaning tenants’ heating bills should be much lower than those experienced in their old pre-fab bungalows.

The Oxcroft Scheme is also the first in the sub-region to achieve the Building for Life Silver Award for design quality.

Gladys Lilley, one of the first tenants to move, said: “We all loved our old pre-fab bungalows but they were post-war “Homes for Heroes” that had way outlived their use.

My new bungalow is beautiful and after eight months in temporary accommodation, I am back with my old neighbours, which is great.”

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet member for housing management Cllr Keith Bowman said: “We are very grateful to the Oxcroft Lane tenants for their patience and understanding whilst in temporary accommodation.

“All the residents are now in their brand new homes which are first class properties and offer them not only a much more comfortable home but a much more energy efficient and cost effective one.”

Louise Brown, Land Manager at Derwent Living, said: “We are delighted to deliver this much improved and needed housing in Bolsover. We are pleased the residents are so happy with their new homes.”

Chris King, managing director of Kier Partnership Homes. said: “Kier has been extremely happy to work with Bolsover District Council on this scheme which has proved very successful.

“We are now looking to replicate this success across other sites in Langwith Junction, New Houghton and potentially other sites in Derbyshire where defective bungalows still exist.”

The redevelopment includes 33 new affordable homes, 29 for rent and four for part-buy part-rent from Derwent Living.

There will also be 13 homes for open market sale on the former adjacent QMEC site. These homes will be offered through the Firstbuy scheme which provides first-time buyers of new properties a 20per cent repayable deposit towards their new home.

Cllr Bowman added: “This really is regeneration at its highest level. We have used our own assets to provide housing for a range of client groups whilst improving the street scene and some property values at the same time.

”We see at first-hand the frustration people have in not being able to afford a deposit for a property.

“That’s why we have worked hard to achieve the highest Firstbuy allocation in the Sub-Region through working with the government and agencies such as Kier.

“I would urge any first-time buyer currently struggling to find a deposit to contact us so we can hopefully help them get on the property ladder.”

For information and advice on where to find out about the part-buy part-rent properties on Oxcroft Lane, please contact Derwent Living at info@derwentliving.com or 01332 346 477 quoting scheme number 555.

For information and advice on where to find out about Firstbuy in the district please phone (01246) 242527 or email enquiries@bolsover.gov.uk for details.