A £4.7m scheme to build the first council houses in Norwich for two decades has been hailed by council leaders as just the start of a new wave of such construction.

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Norwich City Council, through a team-up with the Homes and Communities Agency, is looking to develop land at Three Score in Bowthorpe for up to 1,000 properties. And, at a meeting of the controlling Labour cabinet tonight, councillors agreed that, as part of the first phase of that scheme, the council would take on 47 of the homes.

The £4.7m project would be partially funded through the sale of eight more homes as shared equity, the use of capital receipts, borrowing against the rent generated by the new homes and borrowing against existing revnue.

The cabinet also agreed that a further seven council homes would, dependent on planning permission being secured, be built at land at the end of Pointers Field, off Aylsham Road in the north of the city.

Victoria MacDonald, cabinet member for housing, said the potential to build new council homes was made possible after the previous housing subsidy funding system was replaced.

Council leader Brenda Arthur said it had been a long-held hope that the authority would once again be able to build council houses and that she was delighted it was set to happen.

She said: “This is a small number, but this is just the start and from small acorns more will grow.”

Bert Bremner, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: “I was brought up in a fantastic council house in Tuckswood and I think this is a fantastic start.”

The mix of the affordable homes - the council homes and the shared equity homes - at Three Score is planned at six one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom flats, 16 two-bedroom houses, 22 three-bedroom houses and five four-bedroom houses.

10 comments

  • if you are on the list dont hold your breath . Figures say that 50 per cent of social housing is going to immigrants .Norwich city councils record of housing local people first is far from good

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    milecross

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • you're correct norman, must something in this for the nodding nuLabour cronies. We need a jolly english spring on all these self serving troughers.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • why build on green fields when the council could save a fortune and buy similar properties already for sale in Norwich??? Buyers market at present with bargains galore.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Why now ? And who for?

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Whoopee, do I read that the council will take on 47 or the 1,000 homes?

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    Christopher Neave

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • @milecross "figures show" Which figures? The ones in your imagination. Housing is allocated based on need, pure and simple. Everyone has a right to a place to live, so if there are more people we need more housing. Other european countries are not so obsessed with owning a house - people should be able to rent affordable property and have the stability of that home for life. Building houses, along with bringing empty properties back up to habitable use, will provide much needed local jobs, which brings money in to the local economy. Workers spend their wages in local shops. This is good news for Norwich.

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    mythbuster

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • The Golden One, good thoughts and comments.However, most of NCC tenants are on benefits, around 75 per cent are on benefits according to the latest info available.People earning £25k would be better off buying than renting their abode.Before nuLabour opened the floodgates for 3 million poor people to pile in and change the British landscape forever, council waiting lists were manageable and fairly low.The other pressing problem caused by the useless nuLabour freaks was of course the housing bubble, which basically has condemned a generation to renting because of sky high prices and cr*p wages. A very English spring is required rather quickly, with all those in power booted out and with the country pulling out of the EU.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • The Golden One, good thoughts and comments.However, most of NCC tenants are on benefits, around 75 per cent are on benefits according to the latest info available.People earning £25k would be better off buying than renting their abode.Before nuLabour opened the floodgates for 3 million poor people to pile in and change the British landscape forever, council waiting lists were manageable and fairly low.The other pressing problem caused by the useless nuLabour freaks was of course the housing bubble, which basically has condemned a generation to renting because of sky high prices and crap wages. A very English spring is required rather quickly, with all those in power booted out and with the country pulling out of the EU.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Oh come on nrg. Since when have councils used common sense and taken better cheaper option.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I think local councils and the government are totally missing the point! It shouldn't be about building new council houses but freeing up the one's that already exist. I don't earn a huge wage and my Wife currently only has a Saturday job as she is bringing up two under 5's yet we managed to privently rent and have now brought our own home. I personally know lots of people that earn substantially more than myself yet live in a council house. Most have two cars, at least one holiday abroad a year, sky TV etc etc yet live in a council house!!! Why are people entitled to a council house for life? Why are they not means testing say every 5 years and if the household income is say more that £25,000 a year told to move out into privently rented accommodation? The council waiting list would soon come down and council houses would only go to those that really need them and as for immigrants I think they should have to be in the country for a minimum of 5 years before they even qualify for a council house!

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    The Golden One

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

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