Tenants celebrate as they move into new homes at Swinton

Published Monday, 27th March 2017
Cllr Beck Housing
Cllr Beck and the Mayor, Cllr Pitchley

A development of 12 new affordable homes for council tenants has been completed in Swinton.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley officially welcomed the new tenants at their homes at a recent opening ceremony.

These new build properties will provide affordable homes for local tenants on the housing waiting list, including homes for residents with disabilities.

The scheme is a collaboration between the Council and Arches Housing association who will go on to develop a further 15 homes on the same site to be completed by April.

All homes were offered through the Council's choice-based letting service, Key Choices, to eligible applicants on the housing waiting list.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley, said: "I am really pleased to be here and cut the ribbon at this opening which is a chance for partners in the project and the local community to celebrate the success of the scheme.

"It's a great example of how we are ensuring that we have more affordable accommodation which is both desirable and meets the needs of local people".

Rotherham Council's Cabinet Member, Councillor Dominic Beck, said: "Our house building in the Borough is going from strength to strength and this latest contract completion is a testament to our ambitions to deliver much needed new affordable homes to local people year on year where residents are proud to live and work.

"This new development fits with our ambitions to build a borough where people can grow, flourish and prosper. As a housing service we are determined to improve the quality and choice of housing in Rotherham to enable people to live in high quality accommodation which meets their needs.

"Where possible, the Council's new build properties are allocated to existing tenants whose current home is not suitable. Then their existing home is freed up to allocate to someone else on the housing list and this chain of lets means that more households' housing needs are being met for every new Council house let".

Brian Summerson, Chief Executive of Arches Housing, said: "With our breadth of project experience in Rotherham and our expert building and construction team, Jack Lunn Ltd, we have been ideally placed to work on this exciting development.

"Our successful collaboration has ensured that we have understood our client's expectations and working closely with Jack Lunn Ltd, have delivered a high quality project, on time and on budget".

These new affordable homes are the latest additions in local Arches Housing association’s expanding Rotherham portfolio which already includes 258 homes across the Borough.

Using modern construction methods the development includes seven, two bedroom bungalows for the over 55s, three bungalows specifically designed for disabled people and two, two bedroom houses.

The remainder of the scheme, when completed, will provide a further 15, two and three bedroom houses and overall will see 27 new homes custom built to meet the needs of local people.