New social housing at Kingsmead Field

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Five new houses for local families on the city council’s housing waiting list will be built as part of a development on Kingsmead Field that was granted planning permission yesterday (Tuesday 21 August).

The city council project will see 16 homes built in total in a mix of sizes and types of accommodation. The remaining 11 will be sold on the open market. The aim is for the total cost of the project to be covered by income from the sales, meaning the new social housing is provided at no cost to taxpayers.

These homes will be built on a section of Kingsmead Field close to the existing Kingsbrook Park development. Originally, the council had plans to build on the whole field, which led to a campaign by residents to prevent any development at all.

But following discussions with the Friends of Kingsmead Field group, a compromise was reached that sees only 20 per cent built on, with the council seeking to have the remaining 80 per cent of the field classified a Village Green.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “This decision follows hot on the heels of our purchase of several properties just off Sturry Road, and together they represent a huge investment in social housing for the district, totalling 68 new homes for local people who really need accommodation.

“The project at Kingsmead Field is a new approach to housing for us in that we are building them ourselves rather than handing the site over to a developer. We hope it will be very successful and becomes a model we can replicate at other sites in the future.”