Work begins on £20.85 million scheme to create more social housing in Derby
BUILDING work has started on more than 100 homes for people on Derby City Council's housing waiting list.
The authority had worked for about eight years to secure Government funding for the £20.85 million scheme.
There are 104 homes, including flats and houses being built by Thomas Vale Construction in Durley Close, Alvaston, Craddock Avenue, Spondon, and Max Road, Chaddesden.
As part of the scheme, another 66 existing properties will be bought and become social housing. Fifty of them will need refurbishing.
They will all be run by social landlord Riverside Housing Group.
Chris Flynn, Riverside Midlands divisional director, said they would be a mixture of homes with two, three and four bedrooms available to rent for people on the council's waiting list.
He said: "We've been working with the city council for eight years to get this project up and running.
"We are so pleased to be marking these exciting new schemes for Derby.
"As well as the build programme, we will be delivering community projects to benefit local people near to the housing schemes."
Councillor Baggy Shanker, cabinet member for housing and advice, said the scheme would "provide much-needed affordable housing in Derby". There will also be some cash paid towards the scheme from Riverside.
Of the new homes, 55 will be in Spondon, 38 in Alvaston and 11 in Chaddesden.
The first of the homes are set to be completed in May.