Tenants move into first council-built homes since 1980s

12 Aug 2016

Stevenage people have today moved into the first new homes built by Stevenage Borough Council since the 1980s.

Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Stevenage Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People, presented the keys to some of the residents of eight new apartments at Archer Road.

The new homes are part of the Pin Green regeneration project, which includes new shops at Archer Road and community centre at Hampson Park. More Stevenage people will move into the remaining 22 council homes at Archer Road next summer.
Cllr Thomas said: “I’m very excited to give a huge welcome to our new tenants. This is the first time in more than 30 years that we have been able to hand over keys for council-built homes to Stevenage people.

“Everyone has a right to a home so what we have achieved here will not be a one-off. We have more projects on the way as we continue in our efforts to provide quality housing for local people so expect to hear more good news soon.

“At a time when our funding is being cut by the government and we’re losing properties through Right to Buy, this project is a real triumph for the council on a local and national level. It puts Stevenage on the map and shows that we are serious about honouring our promise to provide quality housing and regeneration projects. I can’t wait to come back next year and welcome even more families once the project is fully completed.”

New resident Abbie Stock said: “I’m overwhelmed and excited to be moving in and am thankful to the council. The apartment is so beautiful and new. I never thought I would get anything this nice.”