Work underway to transform derelict Northamptonshire site into affordable new homes

A derelict row of terraced housing in Northamptonshire, which was once plagued by anti-social behaviour, is to be transformed into a collection of affordable new homes by Longhurst Group.

Spire Homes (part of Longhurst Group) and developer Snowdon Homes have recently finished clearing the site on High Street in Irthlingborough to make way for the construction of six new properties for affordable rent.

The project, which has received a £300,000 grant from Homes England, comprises three two-bedroom and three, three-bedroom homes.

Work to demolish the existing century-old buildings finished earlier this month, in preparation for the next phase of the development, which is due to be completed in April 2019.

Spire manages more than 4,100 homes across Northamptonshire, with 3,600 of those located in East Northamptonshire.

Longhurst Group’s Executive Director Portfolio and Investment, Ian Jackson, said: “We are really pleased to have started work on this development.

“This site has attracted anti-social behaviour in the past and we are very proud to be giving the area a new lease of life by transforming it to provide much-needed affordable family housing.

“This project has not been undertaken to generate profit, but rather to improve the lives of our customers and the communities in which they live.”

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, added: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Spire Homes to deliver affordable family homes in Irthlingborough.

“We are committed to transforming unused areas of our district in order to provide homes for our residents, which will continue to make East Northamptonshire a wonderful place to work and live.”

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