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WORK STARTS ON AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR BEDWORTH

People on the waiting list to rent an affordable home in Bedworth have received a boost thanks to housing and regeneration group LHA-ASRA.

The group is building 30 two-bedroom eco-friendly apartments on Park Road to help meet the need for affordable housing in the Nuneaton and Bedworth borough.

To help minimise the running costs for tenants, and its impact on the environment, the development will be fitted with a cutting edge renewable energy heating system.

Air source heat pumps will take heat from air outside the building and convert it to heat the homes. This is more efficient than traditional gas or electric heating systems and can save up to £870 a year on heating bills and reduce carbon emission by up to six tonnes.

The development will meet level three of the Code for Sustainable Homes, a Government standard to demonstrate how environmentally friendly a home is.

The site, which previously hosted a coach depot, has been cleared to make way for the new development and the homes are expected to be ready for people to move in by October 2009.

In the last financial year, 59 affordable homes were built in Nuneaton and Bedworth, making up 16.8% of the overall new housing in the borough.

Rising demand for affordable housing means the borough needs to build an average of 540 new homes each year to meet the demands of the growing waiting list.

Robert Nettleton, Director of Development and Regeneration at LHA-ASRA said: “LHA-ASRA is committed to working in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to help provide high-quality affordable homes.”

“These brand new apartments will be bright, modern and efficient to run - and will help meet the needs of the waiting list.

Councillor Matt Grant, Cabinet portfolio holder for Housing at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council added: “I am delighted that LHA-ASRA is working in the borough to provide much needed affordable homes.

“In the current economic climate it is good to know that our Registered Social Landlord partners are still very much in the business of building homes.”

The development is in a residential area and close to schools, local shops and a doctor’s surgery. Developer Westleigh has been appointed to build the new homes.

LHA-ASRA also has plans in place for a large development of 60 homes at St Mary’s Road, Nuneaton. Demolition is already underway and building work is expected to start in the New Year.

The housing association manages 5,000 homes in Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

Email: l.hirst@quicksilverpr.co.uk


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