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Bid to build 250 council homes in Norwich within four years

09:42 27 August 2014

City Council leader Brenda Arthur fixes the timber frame sole plates on the first council homes to be built in Norwich for over 20 years, which are being built at Pointers Field.
 Photo by Simon Finlay.

City Council leader Brenda Arthur fixes the timber frame sole plates on the first council homes to be built in Norwich for over 20 years, which are being built at Pointers Field. Photo by Simon Finlay.

A target to get 250 new council homes built in Norwich within four years is on track, according to council leaders.

Norwich City Council this week unveiled a £13m vision for just over a hundred new homes at the site of Greyhound Opening, off Goldsmith Street - of which at least 60pc will be council homes.

The Labour administration at City Hall last year set itself the target to get 250 council homes built in the city by 2018 and, earlier this year, work started on the first seven council homes to be constructed in Norwich for more than two decades.

Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur said she was confident the target would be met.

She said: “I am confident it will happen. We have made a commitment to build 250 homes in the city by 2018 and Goldsmith Street will take us a significant way to achieving our target.

“We have further homes planned at Threescore, Brazengate, Hansard Close and Riley Close, as well as Pointers Field, which is almost complete. We are currently assessing further sites, which will be reported on at October’s cabinet meeting.

“With growing waiting lists for council homes and so many people priced out of the market, more new homes are vitally needed for the city across all tenures, not just to put a roof over people’s heads, but to create and safeguard local jobs, as well as strengthening the local economy.”

At a recent city council meeting, the ambitions of the administration over housing were called into question by the opposition Green group.

Andrew Boswell, Green leader, questioned why the council had not submitted a bid for a share of some £300m extra borrowing the government had made available to help build homes.

Ms Arthur said officers had looked into submitting a bid, but concluded it was not financially viable under the government guidelines. But she said a second funding round could present another opportunity, if the guidelines are altered.

• Do you think the city needs more council homes? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

7 comments

  • I agree with Mike. Who are these people who would begrudge homes to those who have no hope of buying or of paying a market rent? Possibly the descendants of the heckler who raved at Harold Wilson about the "threat" of council housing at a pre-election meeting in 1964. Possibly the same people who at a more recent (2013) local council meeting objected to social housing on the grounds that "those people" would put whirly lines in their gardens. We are hanging on - if only by our fingernails - to the concept of public provision of healthcare. Let us not abandon the principle of decent housing for those who don't happen to earn, or to have inherited, the means to enter the market.

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    MGNdweller

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • One new council house per week. I wonder how many new applicants there are each week and how many are already ahead of them in the queue

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    Michael Hughes

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • What negative comments... Are these all tories who are upset that Norwich City Council are and have been bucking the trend for some time by building council homes? I agree that some homes built in the past have been on the small side compared to other homes built in the EU.... But this does not relate merely to council built homes. Many, a great many privately built homes have been little more than overpriced rabbit hutches. As for selling them on... I understand there will be a caveat on sales to residents for a good number of years. The tory right to buy scheme incidentally returns only 25% of receipts to Councils. Cameron and Osborne and the other Bullingdon toffs effectively 'rob' your local council of 75% of the total receipts. This wholesale stripping of public assets by the tories is the real crime. The way some people write, you'd think they object to 'your council' providing new homes for your community.

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    Mike

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Great in theory but I can't see the point in building new council houses,they will eventually be sold off cheap through the RTB scheme and end up in private hands anyhow.

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    spark

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • 250 ?has someone knocked a nought off ,what I like is how they keep managing to squeeze more and more midget homes into a tiny little space,but I suppose you can't make more land but you can build smaller houses.

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    trev57

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • a promise of new housing but no promise that local; people will get this new housing . This is what we have come to expect from norwich city LABOUR council

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    milecross

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Good news for would be tenants. But will the council be bothered to collect the rent?

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    andy

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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