There is a desperate shortage of affordable homes in the borough, so providing more suitable, affordable properties for our residents is one of our priorities.
We are committed to building 2,000 affordable homes between 2015 and 2019, including 500 new council homes. New homes may be built on estates where there is under-developed, unloved or unusual space.
Whilst building new homes we also aim to make improvements to existing homes - things like improving landscaping, communal areas, safety, access or green space - so that the whole estate benefits.
Our Local Lettings Policy means that local residents have priority for the new homes we build on estates, particularly residents who are living in overcrowded properties and people looking to downsize.
We are proud that our new homes are designed and built to a high standard, and many of our schemes have been nominated for and won some prestigious design awards.
Most homes that we build are council homes for social rent, but we also sell some properties on the open market, or make them available for part buy/part rent, to help pay for the new housing.
Did you know?
20 new homes can help around 50 local families move.
We built 20 new homes at Lyon House, with priority for older people.
The majority were let to households downsizing from larger council homes - freeing up existing homes that can then be let to other families in severe housing need.
This created a chain of lettings that we expect will help up to 50 families move.