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Our council homes are key to ensuring we’re able to provide residents with a safe haven to call home.

There are lots of new council housing developments underway in the town, providing a variety of different homes for people living in Stevenage. From Brodie Court, the new independent living scheme, at Kenilworth Close, that is nearing completion through to starting construction on some smaller sites too, there’s been lots happening in our Housing Development programme.

Kenilworth Close, Phase 1

It’s really exciting to see the first phase of Kenilworth Close development nearing completion, since its commencement in September 2020.

At the end of February, the build reached a noticeable milestone when the residents of Walpole Court were shown around some of the new flats. Feedback was excellent and they cannot wait to move into their new homes during Spring 2024.

Newly fitted white, galley style kitchen

This scheme is a mixture of both private and council rent. Each of the flats has a high-quality finish, with added extras including a roof-top garden, large communal areas and retail units.

All of the residents have moved into the council rented properties at Chilham House, and the final touches are currently ongoing at Brodie Court independent living scheme. With over 80% of the flats being sold in Edinburgh House, and only six remaining, it’s proving popular with lots of interest.

Brodie Court

Have you considered Brodie Court?

This is our council rented independent living scheme. If you’re over the age of 60 and looking to downsize or thinking about planning for your retirement, why not take a look?

If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with the friendly Specialist Accommodation Team or call them on 01438 242912.

Dunn Close

Delivering 27 homes including supported accommodation, Dunn Close is due for completion later this year. Construction is well underway – The build is now watertight, the roof finished, and the guttering installed too. Scaffolding has been removed, and internal works are commencing well inside, with first fix electrics complete and plaster-boarding progressing well.

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, Deputy Leader and Executive Member – Housing and Housing and Development said: “It’s an exciting time with lots happening within our Housing Development programme. Kenilworth phase 1, one of our largest developments, is due to be handed over in Spring 2024, providing high-quality accommodation for lots of residents within Stevenage.

“For a community to thrive, it requires not just houses, but homes. Homes that nurture families and build futures. Whether it's through private housing developments or council housing initiatives, our goal must always be to create spaces where people feel safe, supported, and empowered to live their best lives. ”

Works have started on a number of smaller-scale sites throughout the town. Building has commenced at Stirling Close with the brickwork now reaching above ground level and you will have seen that ground works and clearance of sites have also started on Valley Way and Colestrete. These developments will provide a mixture of three and four-bed houses across the three sites.

Burwell Phase 2

Pre-commencement works are starting in due course, with this development providing a total of 20 one and two-bedroom homes.

After the consultations carried out at the end of last year, four applications were submitted to be discussed by the Local Authority Planning Committee later this year – including The Oval, Cartref, Ellis Avenue and Kenilworth - Phase 2.

As of Spring 2024, the Housing Development programme will have delivered over 550 homes throughout Stevenage. These homes include award winning emergency short stay accommodation, sustainable builds such as Helston House and state-of-the-art independent living schemes.

ICW Showcase Awards

Award certificate won by SJM and Co Ltd for Helston House in Symonds Green

Finally, SBC has recently been notified that our fully council rented accommodation, Helston House, a 29 one, two and three-bedroom development gained recognition in the inaugural ICW showcase awards in the UK Construction Sector.

We’d like to congratulate SJM, our developers of Helston House who were awarded the Showcase award, recognising clients and site managers which achieve excellent standards of quality on construction projects.

Keep a look-out for more site updates that will follow in due course. If you’re keen to find out more, why not visit our Housing Development section of the Stevenage Borough Council website.