Milton Keynes Council set to invest £10million to build affordable homes

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A £10million investment to build up to 100 new council homes could become a reality if councillors sign off on the plans next month.

Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet members are expected to approve plans to spend the money on affordable housing to be built over the next two to three years on December 8.

Although sites are still to be finalised and planning permission secured, the council hopes that these will be small scale developments fit for existing communities and a future generation of tenants.

Councillor Hannah O’Neill, cabinet member for housing, said: “The administration gave a commitment to start building 200 new council homes by 2017. This is the first stage of delivering on that promise, a significant contribution to the number of affordable homes in Milton Keynes”.

The announcement follows calls from MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart and Conservative group leader Councillor Edith Bald who joined forces to urge the council to tackle the city’s housing shortage.

Mr Stewart said: “Councillor Bald and I called for more council homes as we feel it is so important as a city that we tackle the housing shortage.

“I am glad the Labour Council learnt from Mrs Bald’s time as cabinet member for housing and have put these plans in place.

“However, I hope they have got their budgets correct and I am sure Mrs Bald will ensure they have. I will continue to lobby Ministers to ensure our city has the infrastructure it needs.”

In September, 13 wheelchair accessible bungalows were unveiled in Stacey Bushes. A further 13 bungalows are being built in West Bletchley in the New Year.

Mrs Bald said: “I am of course delighted to hear new council homes are to be built and that Labour took on board my advice.

“I have always said the only way to solve the housing shortage is to increase stock. However, like Mr Stewart I hope that they have got the finances in order to allow for this investment.”