Rugby council to build new family homes for social rent in Hillmorton

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Plans to build 23 new homes for rent in Hillmorton have been given the go ahead.

Rugby Borough Council’s proposed development of a site in Pettiver Crescent has secured planning permission, and work now looks set to start on site within weeks.

The development, exclusively for council tenants, comprises four one-bedroom maisonettes, 12 two-bedroom houses, and seven three-bedroom houses. The mix of homes was recommended by a cross-party group of councillors, who agreed the development needed to address a shortage of properties suitable for families and couples without children.

The development replaces 14 sheltered flats and 24 flats for single people in Pettiver Crescent which had become outdated.

The plans include 43 off-road car parking spaces, giving plenty of space for residents and visitors to park safely without causing congestion in the neighbourhood. The plans also include solar panels on all homes, reducing the cost of energy bills.

Cllr Leigh Hunt, portfolio holder for sustainable inclusive communities, said: “We have known for some time that our mix of properties needs to better meet the needs of our residents.

“This new development is just one of the ways we will increase the number of properties available to families and couples.

“These homes have been purpose-designed for family living, and I’m sure they will be very popular,” Cllr Hunt added.

“While other councils across the country are having to sell assets and cut services, I am pleased that careful management means we have been able to continue to invest in schemes that will benefit our residents.”

Other measures Rugby Borough Council has taken to make more homes available to families and couples include re-designating sheltered flats in schemes no longer suitable for older people, and working with housing associations to build new homes for rent on new developments.