Thursday, August 4, 2011

News: £2.6m housing development opens in Rotherham


The latest housing development led by Rotherham Council will be formally opened next week.

The 21 properties at Albany Road, Kilnhurst comprise two, three and four bed accommodation and have been built to a high specification by Wildgoose Construction, including a full range of energy-efficient features plus security details.

Thirteen of the units are already fully occupied and the remaining eight units are to be handed over to Rotherham Borough Council next week.

The £2.6m Kilnhurst scheme is the fourth of seven local authority developments to be completed across the borough. New developments at Newland Avenue and Stone Park Close, Maltby; and at Wood Street, Thrybergh, are already let.

A total of 132 homes are to be built by the end of the autumn, as a result of Rotherham Borough Council receiving £8.7m from the National Affordable Housing programme specifically for the building of brand-new council housing from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The remaining properties to become available throughout the year will include 29 at Albert Road, West Melton; 29 at Rother View Road, Canklow; and five in newly named Whitehill Willow off Whitehill Road, Brinsworth.

Coun. Rose NcNeely, Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods, said she was delighted to see yet another council housing development come on line.

She added: "This remarkable development is already providing wonderful much-needed new homes for the authority's tenants. These houses have been built to an incredibly high specification and offer high energy-efficient living as standard."

Tamsin Hart, Project Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency said: "It is great that our investment continues to provide local people with the homes that they want available in a way that they can afford. I am really pleased that Rotherham Council is on track to provide new homes for 597 people by the end of the year."

Wildgoose, with the help of YORbuild, approached Dearne Valley College to offer its students placements on its Rotherham construction sites.

Rotherham Council website


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