Stevenage’s first newly-built council homes for more than 30 years have been handed over to the council and are being prepared for their new tenants.
The final phase of a development of 30 houses and apartments, along with two new shops, at Archer Road in Pin Green, has just been completed. It is part of a neighbourhood regeneration project, completed by contractor Bouygues UK, which involved demolishing a 1960s neighbourhood centre, including a community centre, shops with flats above and a pub, and replacing it with the new shops and homes, as well as the construction of a new community centre at Hampson Park.
Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “This is a landmark development for Stevenage and the council, and this week’s handover marks the end of the final phase of construction in Pin Green. We now have 13 new houses and nine apartments available to rent to local people on our housing register, and I’m looking forward to welcoming the new families in over the next few weeks.
“These are much-needed council homes and they are the first of many that we’re building across the town. We have committed to investing £1bn in housing in Stevenage over the next 30 years. This investment will involve building hundreds of new homes and carrying out improvements to existing council properties so that they remain sustainable, safe and comfortable.”
The first phase of development involved the construction of two new shops, eight apartments and a community centre. Tenants moved into the new flats last August and the shops opened in April 2016. The new Hampson Park Community Centre opened in May 2016.