Date Published: 20 March 2018
The site of a former row of garages in Oakham has been successfully transformed into six one bedroomed houses for affordable rent.
Developed and now owned by Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), the former garage site was transferred by Rutland County Council for redevelopment on the condition it would be used to provide much needed affordable rent homes for the community.
Designed by Pelham Architects and built by Waters Homes, the new homes offer views across nearby green space, easy access to the centre of Oakham and off-road parking with additional spaces for visitors.
Let through Rutland County Council’s Housing Options Service, all six of the properties have already been filled and are now home to people who were previously on the County’s Housing Register.
“It’s great to work on a project like this one, where the community came together, and it’s fantastic to see these completed homes fit in so well into their surroundings.”
Richard Vickery, Head of Development Delivery and Programme for NCHA
“It’s hugely satisfying to see a site that was once occupied by old garages transformed into affordable rented accommodation which people now call home. Making sure we have enough affordable homes for people – particularly young people – who want to live in the county is a priority for us as a Council. We want more good-quality affordable homes in Rutland and to ensure these homes remain affordable and accessible for those who need them.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council
NCHA funded 60% of the build for the six new affordable units, with additional money coming from Homes England and the Recycled Capital Grant Fund to complete the project.
Work began on site in May 2017 and completed to schedule in February 2018.
On site the developers and architects worked closely with local residents nearby allotment holders to ensure access routes were maintained and disruption was kept to a minimum throughout the building process.
A positive working relationship was formed between the allotment holders and builders. Parking was arranged for the builders to ease congestion and excess fruit and veg was handed over the fence to contractors. In return, Waters Homes donated breeze blocks and bricks for a much needed allotment facility.
Rutland County Council no longer owns Council Housing. However, there are around 2,000 affordable homes in the county which are owned and managed by local housing providers.
The Council manages Rutland’s Housing Register and nominates people on register for new and vacant affordable properties.
If you live or work in Rutland and think you may be eligible to join the Housing Register, contact the Council’s Housing Options Team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org