Posted: 07/12/16 by West Northamptonshire Council
New locations have been chosen for 100 new council homes so Northampton Borough Council can deliver them more quickly.
Originally, the council was working with several housebuilders toward provision of 100 new homes in the Dallington Grange area.
The plan was to be supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) through its Local Growth Fund (LGF).
But the scheme’s successful funding bid required that the money be spent before March 2017, meaning it could be lost if the council awaited start of work at Dallington Grange.
Cllr Stephen Hibbert, council cabinet member for housing, said: “In order for us to take advantage of this funding, we must get on with the work.
“The Government has already agreed to extend the deadline for funding until March 2018 but it is still unlikely that Dallington Grange could deliver the homes within that period.
“As an alternative, council officers are proposing that we look to other sites which will be able to provide our new social housing promptly.
“Dallington Grange remains firmly in our council homes building programme, but with developers focusing work on their other sites, we feel we need to bring forward additional sites in the meantime.”
The council’s Cabinet is being asked to agree for the money to be spent on homes in other parts of the town, which will be delivered within the required timescales.
One site being considered is the council-owned Tanners Pub in Thorplands, which is currently vacant and would require the council to reclaim the site from The Pub Estate Company.
Other possible sites are currently being given careful consideration and these will be publicised individually as they are brought forward.