More than a hundred new affordable homes were delivered in the Borough in the last year - over four times the number compared to the same period the previous year. 38 homes were built in Swanwick, 19 in Somercotes, 18 in Kilburn and a further 26 in various other locations throughout Amber Valley allowing many people on low incomes the opportunity to buy their first home.
The homes were funded by Government, private sector and grant aided bodies, including a Homes and Communities Agency Grant (£2,714,415), private sector funding (£485,000), and a Local Government Grant (£250,000).
Most of the new affordable homes are provided by housing associations for rent to applicants on the housing register, but the Council has also helped 15 families buy their first home through an affordable home ownership programme and a further eight families were assisted through the Government's Mortgage Rescue Scheme preventing them from having their homes repossessed.
30 year old, Emma Lunn and her partner Philip recently benefited from one of the schemes in Langley Mill. "I'm currently trying to launch a new business, so the prospect of owning my own home was always going to be a challenge. I simply would not have been able to get a foothold without the help of the Council and the other organisations involved and for that I will always be grateful."
Cllr Norman Bull, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Housing said: "These figures represent a huge improvement in the provision of affordable housing in Amber Valley. The new affordable homes have made a real difference to people's lives. Some have moved from unsuitable homes into good quality rented accommodation, some have been able to buy their first home and others have avoided the grim prospect of repossession. With further schemes on the way in the next year we look forward to see more people in Amber Valley get a home that meets their needs, that they can afford and that is in an area they want to live".
Details of how to apply for housing association accommodation can be found at www.home-options.org or by phoning Amber Valley Housing Limited on 01773 573100. Information on the Councils affordable home ownership programme can be obtained from Sue li on 01773 841430. Amber Valley Housing Limited can provide details of the Mortgage rescue scheme also on the above number.