First council homes for 18 years ‘off the ground’

MPMC New Council houses
MPMC New Council houses

A ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of work on the first council homes to be built in Milton Keynes for 18 years.

Housing Association, Orbit Group Ltd, won the tender to build 13 new wheelchair accessible bungalows.

Once completed the one and two-bedroom bungalows in Briar Hill, Stacey Bushes, will be owned and managed by the council.

They are in addition to the 13 bungalows to be built on three empty garage sites in Bletchley.

Councillor Edith Bald, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I am delighted that between July and August this year, 13 new bungalows will be added to the council’s stock. Built to a high specification in terms of energy efficiency, they will be suitable for individuals, couples and small families who need specially adapted accommodation.

“This is just one of a number of initiatives to increase the supply of social housing in Milton Keynes driven by the Cabinet. Last week we announced our intention to purchase about 40 houses from the open market to ease the housing shortage for the most vulnerable people in Milton Keynes while we work on a longer term house building programme called Regeneration MK.”

George Obeng-Manu, head of construction at Orbit, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council to deliver much needed homes to the borough.

“The new development contributes to Orbit’s target of delivering 12,000 homes by the year 2020 and providing a range of housing choice for customers and communities.”

David Gough, regional director of Lovell, the builder, said: “We’re delighted to be playing our part in the construction of the first council homes for 18 years. We look forward to working closely with Milton Keynes Council and Orbit.”