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24 July 2013, 12:48
Work to create 50 new family council homes in Bournemouth has been approved.
Councillors have givent he go-ahead for the construction of the housing scheme in Kinson, which will see a mix of two, three and four-bedroom good quality family homes for rent, built on former playing fields adjacent to Duck Lane.
As part of the scheme a new community-use building, two acres of landscaped areas, cycle routes and skateboard park will also be created.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
"Providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for this Council. This will be the largest house building development by the Council since the 1980s and will provide much-needed family accommodation for those residents currently on the Housing Register. This scheme will also give a boost to the local economy and provide jobs and apprenticeships."
It will cost approximately £6-7million, paid for by investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, prudential borrowing and developer contributions. Work will start on site in autumn 2013 and aim to be completed by early 2015.
The scheme includes six two-bedroom houses, 42 three-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses. All homes include two parking spaces and large secure rear gardens. All of the houses will be for rent and will be owned and managed by the Council as part of its Council housing stock.
The Council has approximately 2,250 applicants on the waiting list in significant housing need.