New council homes pledge after £10m Norwich housing scheme completed
12:00 08 December 2012
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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