''Standout Council Development'' to Deliver Eco-friendly Homes in Town Centre

Councillors have given the green light to a council development of new affordable homes in the town centre that will boast a wide range of sustainability, employment and training benefits.

The 19 fully-affordable apartments in Southfields Road will provide new homes to people on the council's housing register and include three bespoke and fully adapted disabled homes.

In line with the council's determination to become carbon net zero by 2030, the properties will be highly sustainable with features reducing maintenance costs - making homes cheaper to run and improving affordability.

Councillor Pat Rodohan said "There is no doubt that this is a standout council development of the highest quality and I'm absolutely thrilled that residents who are currently waiting for a home will enjoy living here when it's completed.

"I am also delighted that as part of the planning approval the main contractor will support local employment and training, with two apprenticeships, five work experience placements and four NVQ training places being offered."

Measures to promote sustainable transport are also in the pipeline with a 38-space cycle store planned, plus a £100 cycle voucher available to each of the first residents. Additionally, as part of the Section 106 agreement with the developer, a vehicle will be purchased for use within a new car club, offsetting the wider demand and need for car ownership.

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