The keys to new council homes have been handed over to families at a housing development in Doncaster.
The 16 new council homes on the former Askern Colliery site at Parkhall Drive, Askern are the latest in a string of new homes to be completed across the borough.
A mix of 2 and 3 bedroomed homes, they form part of Doncaster Council’s Affordable Housing Programme 2015-18 which has already seen delivery of over 200 Council owned homes through the scheme.
The homes have been acquired from Keepmoat and will be managed and maintained by St Leger Homes who will let them at an affordable rent to people who meet the local lettings policy criteria.
Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities, Cllr Glyn Jones, said: “I am proud to see more Doncaster families moving into quality council homes.
“We are fully committed to supporting the development of homes which are needed and wanted by Doncaster residents. This includes a mix of affordable housing and council homes suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“Since we started the Council House Build Programme in 2013 we have seen over 200 new council homes handed over to residents and with two further schemes underway which will provide a further 109 council homes we are making good progress."
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive at St Leger Homes of Doncaster, said: “I am delighted this development is providing new, affordable homes for local families and we are managing them on behalf of Doncaster Council. This building programme of new council houses is continuing to make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of local people who are in need of high quality, comfortable homes for them and their families.”
Mark Knight, Divisional Managing Director for the North at Keepmoat Homes, said: “This is an exciting time of investment for Doncaster and we’re delighted to be involved in delivering much needed, quality new homes for local residents, which are accessible to all. The scheme is already proving to be beneficial to local families and this success looks set to continue with more local author homes planned across the borough.”
Kaydn Lloyd, who received the keys to her new home from Cllr Glyn Jones, said: "I am really looking forward to moving into my new home."
Two more council schemes at Bristol Grove, Wheatley and Willow Grove, Thorne will deliver 74 and 35 new homes respectively.