New council homes pledge after £10m Norwich housing scheme completed

Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur. Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur. Photo: Steve Adams

A multi-million pound scheme which has seen more than a hundred homes built in Norwich has been completed, with a promise from council leaders to provide more affordable homes for city people.

The homes have been built on the sites of former city council-owned garages and car parks, through a £10.8m partnership between Norwich City Council, Orwell Housing Association, buidling company ISG and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Last night, the completion of the two-year long building scheme was marked with a celebration at the Forum in Norwich attended by families who have moved into some of the 108 homes.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council said: “Making sure people have excellent quality and affordable homes to live in is a key priority for the council and having added more than 100 homes on the map, really is an achievement. This not only has provided people with much-needed homes but also a range of employment and training opportunities.

“The way the partnership has worked together has been excellent, a real testimony to all involved, with all parties working together incredibly well and to tight timescales.

“For this, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude as, I’m sure, would the people who have beautiful new homes to live in.”

And, with the city council having recently announced it will be building the first council homes in two decades at a site in Bowthorpe, they are looking to provide more.

At a meeting of the cabinet next week, councillors will hear how the authority wants to set aside £390,000 to build three new council homes in Riley Close in Heartsease.

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  • whats the point of building social housing if local people are not going to get them . . The figures tell us that only 50 per cent of socail housing is going to british people .. Norwich city councils record of putting local people first in housing is very poor, so if you are on the list dont build your hopes up

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Exactly. Plus, estates are built and who dares buy a house on a new estate when builders are letting houses they can't sell direct to tenants who are not exactly the people one would expect as neighbours if you spent money on a new house. I have been told of people who are regretting buying on a new estate for just that reason, the police are always being called to the neighbourhood.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

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