Affordable housing paves the way at Lilac Close

Work has completed on a much-needed affordable housing scheme in Newark, creating 10 new affordable apartments for local people who are currently on the housing register.

Housing provider Newark and Sherwood Homes managed the development of the new homes with funding provided by Newark and Sherwood District Council, as well as grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The official opening of the development was attended by Newark and Sherwood Home’s Chair Lynn Clayton alongside local MP Robert Jenrick and Cllr Bruce Laughton.

Lynn Clayton said:

“Newark is a town where affordable housing is in short supply meaning that developments such as this one at Lilac Close are extremely important.

“This much-needed scheme will create affordable living in an area where house prices and private rent values continue to increase.

“Significant funding from the Council and the grant from HCA has enabled us to build this development of homes, where there is a real need and a shortage of good quality housing for social rent, which is fantastic for those people looking for accommodation in the town.”

Robert Woodhead Limited have delivered the apartments for Newark and Sherwood Homes and the properties will be let on an affordable rent basis to people who are on the housing register.

Craig Pygall, construction director at Robert Woodhead, added:

“We’ve built a really good partnership with Newark and Sherwood Homes and proud to be part of a project that supports families in Newark. We’re a local contractor building high quality homes for local people.”

Councillor at Newark & Sherwood District Council, Bruce Laughton said:

“This is another project that we can say has been delivered on time and on budget. The council has made a commitment to deliver as many new homes as possible and make sure public spending benefits local people. Thank you to Newark and Sherwood Homes and Robert Woodhead for delivering the scheme.”

MP Robert Jenrick said:

“I’m pleased to see the development come to completion as we are aware that housing is an important issue in Newark. Newark is the fastest growing town in Nottinghamshire, and with unemployment as little as one per cent we need more homes to help more families move to, or stay in our thriving town.”