First phase of council-owned homes finished

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The first phase of a scheme by Daventry District Council (DDC) to build 45 new homes in Daventry’s Middlemore estate is now complete.

In 2012 DDC’s contractors Galliford Try started work on building the Pepperbox Hill development , a number of new homes in Middlemore which will be rented out to private tenants by The Daventry Estate Company Limited (TDECL).

The development is one of the first initiatives nationally by a local authority to address housing needs whilst also generating new revenue income to help fund services. The homes are built towards high environmental standards and to the Building for Life Gold Standard - a national standard that promotes design excellence and best practice in the house building industry.

With the initial stage of the project now complete, the first residents will be collecting their keys in September.

The £3.5 million scheme will see 32 properties being privately rented out by the Daventry Estate Company Limited, while 13 will be affordable homes owned and managed by East Midlands Housing Association.he new homes are also designed as ‘Life Time Homes’, meaning that they provide more flexibility for tenants that become less able.

Councillor Chris Millar, DDC leader, said: “It’s great news that the first phase of our innovative scheme to provide much-needed housing in Daventry is now complete.

“These are quality homes that have been built to high environmental standards, which will not only give people the chance to rent short and long term, but also provide a future revenue stream for the Council.”

Work on the remaining properties in the scheme is still taking place. These will be completed in stages with the last block being handed over in December.

The properties are being marketed for private rental by TDCEL. Residents seeking more information should visit www.tdecl.co.uk or email enquiries@tdecl.co.uk.