Cabinet minister Eric Pickles to visit east Norfolk council homes
16:19 30 January 2014
Cabinet minister Eric Pickles will be in Norfolk tomorrow to visit the site of the first new council homes being built in the Great Yarmouth borough for 20 years.
Mr Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, will be in Caister-on-Sea to watch the construction of 12 much-needed homes going up across three sites.
The council homes project is being delivered by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, with the Great Yarmouth Development Company, and the properties are designed to be the ‘council homes of the future’, cutting both tenants’ carbon emissions and energy bills.
On site, Mr Pickles will meet GYBC leader Councillor Trevor Wainwright and cabinet member for communities Councillor Penny Linden, along with representatives from design and build contractor, Beattie Passive Norse.
GYBC approved plans to build 12 new homes as in-fill developments on existing borough council housing estates last year.
“This visit is important national recognition that the borough council is leading the way in delivering models for the council homes of the future, which both reduce tenants’ carbon emissions and energy bills through reduced heat-loss,” said Mr Wainwright.
Mr Pickles will be accompanied by Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis.