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Hidden Homes! Creating new homes for local people

Published: Tuesday, 16th August 2016

Kettering Borough Council has converted a redundant housing office and training suite into two one-bedroom flats.

The new properties have been fully refurbished and will provide warm, secure and affordable homes for local people who are looking for a home of their own.

The flats, at Barnes Close on the Highfield Road Estate, are the fourth and fifth properties to be developed as part of the Council’s ‘Hidden Homes’ project, which aims to convert redundant or underutilised space on council estates at minimal cost into badly-needed new homes.

As well as creating new housing for local residents, Hidden Homes helps the Council to improve the environment and makes housing estates more attractive. The project also provides an opportunity to build new homes for people with poor mobility, while the increased rental income is invested in better services for tenants.

John Conway, Head of Housing at Kettering Borough Council, added:

“Hidden Homes is just one aspect of the Council’s strategy for increasing the supply of affordable rented housing As well as creating the five hidden homes on existing council estates, we have purchased eight long-term empty homes to add to the Council’s housing stock and are building five new council houses for people with special needs. In addition, we are working with housing associations to build another 130 new homes this year.”

At an informal ceremony to mark the completion of the flats, Councillor James Burton, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“At a time when homelessness across the country is rising, Hidden Homes shows how the Council is working hard to help local people find a place to call home. It's a real challenge to meet the demand for housing but this scheme is a really cost-effective way to create new homes.”