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People move into first new council homes in Norwich for more than 20 years

Council leader Brenda Arthur hands over flowers to tenant Tina Smith as she becomes one of the first residents at  Eglington Mews, the first council-owned properties to be built in the city since 1992. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Council leader Brenda Arthur hands over flowers to tenant Tina Smith as she becomes one of the first residents at Eglington Mews, the first council-owned properties to be built in the city since 1992. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

People have moved into the first new council homes to be built in Norwich for more than 20 years.

And City Hall leaders have pledged at least 250 over the next five years.

The keys have been handed over to tenants who have moved into Norwich City Council’s eight new flats at Eglington Mews in Catton Grove.

And that makes them the first tenants to move into newly-built city council housing since 1992, when council homes were built in Singer Court.

One of the first new occupiers is Tina Smith. The 58-year-old did not have far to move, having previously lived in Sleaford Green, just around the corner from her new home.

To mark the milestone, she was handed a bouquet of flowers by Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur, and said she was very happy with her new home.

Ms Arthur said she was delighted that two decades of not building council homes had come to an end with the new flats, which cost about £750,000. They were designed by architects Barefoot and Giles and built by Dove Jeffery Homes Ltd.

She said: “Local authorities across the country face real challenges as budgets are cut, but even in these difficult times Norwich has taken some bold steps and refinancing our housing revenue account is enabling us to build more homes for the many people on our growing waiting lists.

“Our stated target is 250 homes in the next five years but we will be pressing current ministers and shadow ministers to help us increase that number.

“New homes also mean new jobs and apprenticeships and that is good for people who want work and good for our economy too.
“These homes are the first of many which will enhance our city, but most importantly, will provide the people of Norwich with efficient and therefore cheaper to run homes which meet their needs now and in the future.”

The flats have been built on land which was once part of Pointers Field. As well as the city council flats, the site also includes another four two-bed houses which are being sold on a shared ownership basis by Orwell Housing Association.

• Are you pleased more council housing is being built in Norwich? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

44 comments

  • This is exactly what party politicians want, needy people having a go at each other, forever dependent and no time to see what is happening. Don't hink that the hope invested in these few houses go with the promises of more in future, sounds like electioneering to me. Anybody in need of a brick?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Well doesn’t it say it all when someone decides to be known on this site by ‘Unemployed and Luvin it’. Not even ashamed of the fact that he is unemployed and living on the rest of us.

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    Voice of Reason

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Peter Watson: it says here "Add your comment". I've nothing to add to what you wrote. You hit the nail on the head.

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    martin wallis

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • @goneaway . as you are clearly a labour supporter i would just like to remind you that even labour MPS like frank field has exposed the scandel of social housing going to people who have just walked into the country while british people wait for years to be housed in their own country . This is descrimination of british people

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    milecross

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • @ milecross - complete drivel, as always. Thatcher paved the way for the sale of the century for Council Housing, and then forbade the building of any more. Your life must be bitterly miserable if all you can do is blame immigrants for everything. Britain First, by any chance? EDL? Now you need to log in as 'samphirelover', and tell me how wrong I am.

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    GoneAway

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • @Sally Henwood - you might have done better to have spent all that money on literacy lessons. I suggest you sell up your loss-making venture, and get educated instead. It might open your eyes to the real world.

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    GoneAway

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • there used to be a good balance and choice where people on low incomes got council housing and people on a good wages didnt mind renting privately . Now the council house stock is being ransacked for mass immigration forcing many familes to private rented accomodation which they cannot afford and is costing billions more in housing benefit payments

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    milecross

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • We simply can no longer afford the £24 billion paid annually as landlord subsidy aka Housing Benefit and renters can no longer to afford to meet the usury of the tax dodging buy-to-let investor.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • You chose to 'give up your home' as you put it...yet again the Council tenant is seen as having the latest gadgets and living a life of luxury! I too am a non smoker, don't have the latest phone, my tv is over 10 yrs old, my cooker 15 yrs old...I can't afford to pay £40, 000 deposit for a small terrace house close to my Son's school. ..I walk 2 hours a day to get him to school. To private rent a home by his school would be over double the rent we pay now. Sorry but not holding much sympathy!

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    delgirl

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Excuse me !!!!!!! I am one of these greedy landladys that studied for years worked hard saved my money instead of having the latest mobile phone sky tv new prams and never smoked to enable me to put a large cash deposit into a property to then let out for some one to trash burn holes in the carpets then rip the cupboard doors off ..to the recent and have some 1 then say they can pay the rent then not pay me for 6 months and I am not legally allowed the throw them out !!! So not only have I given up some pleasures in life to help some1 elce have a nice home I am also paying for THOES pleasures by high rent prices ???? So far I'm on a loss and I have all my cash savings tied up in the property ...... It will take me yrs to recouperate my money !!!!!! Not all landlords are the same !!!

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    Sally Henwood

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • I live in a housing association home carol & this is solely because I cannot afford to private rent! I work 16hours a week on minimum wage with a 2year old daughter if I could afford my own house id be jumping at the chance just sadly money don't grow on trees so before you start bad mouthing people that live in council properties take into consideration why people need council properties to help them out abit before my daughter was born I was heavily pregnant sleeping on a sofa in a house of 10 people I am proud to say I live in a council house because I know eventually I will buy my own home which my parents did back in the 80s they had a council home saved money then bought their own home! Not all council tenants are spongers!

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    Lucieloo12

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Has movember started early?

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    PaulH

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • No doubt the preferred tenants will be those whose rent and council tax is paid by the government.

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    john131

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • I have been allocated one and let me tell you they are great. Hooray for Norwich City Council.

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Congratulations to Tina who @billysmith if you care to read the article it says lives just round the corner which I can corroborate.Try living with facts and not prejudice.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • So where are the disabled assessable homes..?

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    Amanda Poole

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Am I pleased more council housing is being built in Norwich. No I am not. Council housing or housing association housing is not the answer unless people really cannot to live in the private market. If council housing was the answer, how come that many years ago when council housing was 50% of the total housing stock in the city we still had an enormous waiting list? It didn't sole the problem then and doesn't now.

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    Carol Barnes

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Am I pleased more council housing is being built in Norwich. No I am not. Council housing or housing association housing is not the answer unless people really cannot to live in the private market. If council housing was the answer, how come that many years ago when council housing was 50% of the total housing stock in the city we still had an enormous waiting list? It didn't sole the problem then and doesn't now.

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    Carol Barnes

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Looks like another CHT,Labour likes to bag these for election propaganda ,Media opportunity for uber leader Brenda,complete with red roses.You couldn't make it up,on photoshop.

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    PaulH

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Strange to think that the time was when Labour and Tory local authorities would vie with each other to build the most ambitious housing schemes. Now both Lab and Tory hate the idea of council housing, not a fag paper between them.

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    marty r

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • "....Loving how Norfolk John agrees with himself...classic!....."... When you post under as many names as he does it must be a struggle to remember who you are supposed to be at any time.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Good start, but we need 2500 over the next 5 years, not 250. There is no reason not to build thousands of council houses at economic rents all over the country. The rents will still be lower than private landlords. The only thing stopping it is that none of the main parties have the political will to do it. The housing crisis is the worst crises facing this country but none of them have any plans to deal with it. It seems our politicians like families being homeless or in inadequate accommodation. The current system actually costs the taxpayer more than providing new council houses in housing benefit and bed and breakfast costs.

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    Derek Colman

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • The first people to move into a New Council property in 20 years. Like city hall processing benefit claims, the wait is that long.

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    che bramley

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Capping rents..not housing benefit would make more sense. Why are the Government and tenants paying greedy private landlords their mortgage payments plus more to fund their life style?

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    delgirl

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • There used to be some beautiful bungalows on Greyhound Opening in Norwich. What became of them ?

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • @Mr Whipsnade - 'milecross' and 'billy smith' almost certainly one and the same. Same level of illiteracy, same prejudiced nonsense, same knuckle-dragging bar-propping style. Not so sure about Sonia, although you may be right. But 'she' does know where the caps shift key on a keyboard is, so that might rule her out...

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    GoneAway

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • I wonder how much profit they will make when they eventually sell them

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    spark

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • David Cameron wants to cap housing benefit. The money does not go to people on low wages who cannot afford high rents but to landlords. Interesting U turn to the Thatcher days when Councils.mostly Labour were stopped from building council houses. Many were sold off far too cheap. A council tenant is likely to vote Labour. Someone who bought their council house may well vote UKIP in 2015 having voted Tory in 2010.

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    Capri

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • I wonder if , by any chance , milecross and billy smith are related. Not to mention Sonia ( on yer ) Head.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • it didnt take long for the rotherham labour troll to appear

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    milecross

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Loving how Norfolk John agrees with himself...classic!

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    delgirl

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • What ignorant comments so far! These homes are offered at affordable rents, or maybe it would be more prefferable for people who do claim some housing benefits to be in private rental accommodation and claiming even more in housing allowance to top up their rent? The ever increasing housing benefit bill is caused by high rents and low wages! Some of you seriously need to do research. Most people living in Council or Housing association properties are working families with a low to modest wage, with no chance of renting privately, due to high rents and not having the spare £40k needed to buy a modest home!

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    delgirl

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Oh look, Norfolk John agreeing with Norfolk John. Did you forget to sign out of your 'Norfolk John' account, and into one of your others?

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    GoneAway

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • @Norfolk John - gosh, yes. Don't know why no-one has thought of it before. After all, privately rented housing is so affordable, isn't it? Usual Thatcherite bilge.

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    GoneAway

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • I totally agree with Sonia and Norfolk John. Except it is not just the property we, as tax payers are paying to be built but also we are providing the rent, heating and other benefits on an ongoing basis that allow these people to live in highly subsidised housing at our expense.

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • @billy smith - Tina (in pic above) is pretty local, wouldn't you say? What are your criteria? Born in Norfolk? Trace your ancestry back to Happisburgh man? Or just lived there for x number of years? Or can speak with a faux-yokel accent? Or maybe just passes the billy smith "I'm not racist but..." test; What do you reckon?

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    GoneAway

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • What a complete and utter waste of council tax and tax payer’s money. There is a perfectly good, and ever increasing, private rental sector out there and the council should not be wasting money on growing and subsidising their own property portfolio.

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Ridiculous political censorship from Archant.

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    Sonia Head

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Excellent news about the new council homes. Keep building them NNC & partners! Without wanting to sound like a communist, there needs a mass council house building programme like there was after WW2. Norwich needs significantly more than the 250 homes over the next 5 years. Try 2,500 over the same period.

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    MattW

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Sonia - you got there before me.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • again no promise that local people will get this new housing . Where are the facts and figures norwich city labour council to prove that local people are getting local housing

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    billy smith

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Affordable Housing !

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Keep 'em coming John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, October 31, 2014

  • About time too! 13 years of NuLab govt and not a single property built!

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    marty r

    Friday, October 31, 2014

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