• Ashfield District Council has received 34 new homes to add to its social housing stock
  • The homes have been designed to reach an EPC A rating
  • The new development is part of the council’s plans to increase housing stock by 200 properties in four years.

Lindum has handed over 34 new affordable family homes to Ashfield District Council, helping to ease the housing demand in the Kirkby area.

In total 18 two-bedroom and 16 three-bedroom family homes have been built. The homes, which will be let to applicants on the Council’s Housing Register, have been designed to reduce carbon output, running costs, and will reach EPC A.

Paul Parkinson, Ashfield District Council Executive Director for Operations, said: “Warwick Close is a great example of what can be achieved when building modern social housing and Ashfield is proud to be leading the way and upping the standards.

“The goal is to create a place where families have the best environment to thrive and be healthy. I’m happy to say we have delivered just that, and we will continue to maintain that standard.”

New homes built at Warwick Close

The development also includes two three-bedroom houses with a ground floor bedroom in each, making them suitable for a family where one of the occupants is a wheelchair user.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jason Zadrozny visited the site and said: “You would never believe this is social housing, and standing here today I am so proud of what we have achieved here and across similar sites in Ashfield.

“The development not only makes use of a derelict site, but it also addresses known Anti-Social Behaviour hotspots improving the area for the community. We will continue to do the same with developments coming in 2024, where we will continue to make Ashfield a better place.”

Warwick Close is the latest of multiple housing developments handed over to Ashfield District Council. Lindum has been part of a four year programme of works as part of the council’s plans to increase its housing stock by 200 properties.

Warwick Close before and after construction

Simon Hope, Lindum Construction Manager, said: “Handing over these homes will significantly improve Ashfield District Council’s offering and increases the available stock to cater to those most in need of affordable housing.

“Through working in close partnership with Ashfield District Council, we have been able to consistently improve the housing stock in both quality of home and sustainable performance. By designing these homes to run at EPC A, we are helping local residents to worry less about the cost of living, particularly fuel poverty.”

The new development as seen from the air

The pipeline of work was procured through Pagabo’s Medium Works framework, allowing for early engagement with the council and open dialogue surrounding quality, design, and future projects.

David Llewellyn, Head of Construction and Infrastructure at Pagabo, said: “Pagabo is delighted to have been able to offer compliant procurement through our Medium Works Framework for Ashfield District Council. Working at speed and utilising the benefits of early contractor involvement, Lindum Group was appointed through a direct award to carry out the works to build new affordable homes.

“It’s great to see the various positive impacts the new housing on Warwick Close will provide to the local community from a carbon efficient way of living to the levelling up of standards of social housing.”