£900k boost for council’s house-building plans

16 Feb 2018

Stevenage Borough Council’s ambitious plans to build new homes for local people on council land have been boosted today with the news that a bid for government funding has been successful.

The council has been awarded £900,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Land Release Fund to allow it to progress plans for more than 200 new homes at sites in Kenilworth Road, Burwell Road and Gresley Way.

The provision of quality homes for local people is one of Stevenage Borough Council’s key priorities and the council is working on creative and innovative ways of providing much-needed housing in the town. Ambitious plans for growth in Stevenage have already seen the council provide over 140 new affordable homes in the past two years.

The funding announced today will enable the council to work with local partners to provide supported housing, and homes for rent and private sale. At Kenilworth Road, the council is proposing to build a modern independent living scheme for older people; at Burwell Road, new apartments for social rent are currently being built; and at Gresley Way construction has started on a scheme to deliver a range of homes for families. This all shows the council’s clear intent to improve the quality and supply of housing in the town.

Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People at Stevenage Borough Council, said, “This is great news for Stevenage and a fantastic achievement for the council. Secure funding means that we can press ahead with our ambitious plans, which will give Stevenage people the assurance that we are doing all we can to help them with their housing need, as well as providing a boost to the local economy. I look forward to sharing more detailed plans over coming months, and inviting the local community to get involved and have a say in how these projects develop.”