Stevenage council houses deal revealed

Gail Newton, managing director of Logic Homes, Stevenage borough councillors Sharon Taylor and Ann W

Gail Newton, managing director of Logic Homes, Stevenage borough councillors Sharon Taylor and Ann Webb, Stevenage mayor John Lloyd and mayoress Joan Lloyd at the development off Hertford Road, Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A LANDMARK deal has been struck which will see the first council-owned homes available to rent in a town for nearly 30 years.

Stevenage Borough Council has this week unveiled a deal which will see 21 homes come under its control for the first time since the mid 1980s.

The council houses – made up of nine three-bedroom properties and 12 one and two-bed apartments – are part of a £10m housing development which will see a total of 100 homes built on land off Hertford Road in Stevenage.

Of those, 76 will be affordable housing available to either rent or buy, with the remaining 24 to be sold privately.

The development is a joint venture between the borough council and Logic Stevenage LLP, a housing consortium which specialises in mixed tenure housing.

Leader of Stevenage Borough Council Sharon Taylor paid a visit to the 6.39 acre site, made available to the council by the Government’s national housing and land agency, on Monday.

“I am delighted to be unveiling our first Stevenage council homes for nearly 30 years,” she said.

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“Good quality affordable housing is critical to the future of our town and the council has made it a priority to explore different ways of delivering it. This landmark new development gives us the opportunity to own and manage much needed new council houses which will be homes for Stevenage people from our waiting list.”

Cllr Ann Webb, executive member for housing, praised the design and build of the homes, and said low maintenance costs would save residents money in the long term.

“I very much look forward to welcoming our tenants into these lovely new houses,” she said.

“These properties are not only well designed and built, but they have very low maintenance costs, which will save the residents money in the long term. I wish the families who move in here every happiness in their new neighbourhood.”

The managing director of Logic Homes Limited Gail Newton added: “This new development is a good example of what can be achieved when partners work together effectively and towards a common goal of providing new homes for sale and affordable rent to meet the needs of the local communities.”

Currently around 7,600 people are on the council housing waiting list, with the homes expected to be handed over to the council and available for rent by the summer.