A plaque celebrating the Addison Act and 100 years of Social Housing was unveiled when the keys to the final council home at Bristol Grove in Wheatley, Doncaster were handed over.
Mayor Ros Jones and representatives from the partners who helped deliver the 74 new home development were on hand to mark the occasion.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “I am delighted to see the final home at this impressive development handed to another over the moon tenant. We continue to deliver quality homes for local residents across our borough.”
Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities, said: “Good quality, affordable housing is essential for the residents of Doncaster and we have certainly delivered on that front with this Bristol Grove scheme and our other housing developments. Since we started our council house build programme in 2013, we have seen approaching 400 new council homes built which is an achievement I am extremely proud of. The plaque incorporated into this final home is a fitting honour to the Addison Act as we mark its importance and celebrate 100 years of Social Housing.”
Julie Hignett, who received the keys to her new home, said: “I really love our new home. It has excellent storage and is perfect for my family.”
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said: “We are delighted to be managing this fantastic development on behalf of Doncaster Council. Throughout this year we have been celebrating the centenary of the Addison Act in Doncaster – together we’ve held a museum exhibition, made a short film and worked with local schools to raise awareness of this landmark legislation. We are delighted that the Council has decided to put up this plaque on these new homes this week – we hope it will serve as a lasting reminder to what has been achieved locally around council housing for Doncaster people.”
Stuart Kerr, director of Willmott Dixon, said: “This scheme is a hugely important project for Doncaster Council and we are proud to have been part of its creation over the past few years. The developments will make a huge difference to local communities by providing housing that is always in high demand. As a community-focused organisations, together, we have delivered much more than new homes. We have provided work experience for local people, used local businesses and labour, as well as having worked closely with local schools and colleges to leave a lasting legacy.”
The award winning Bristol Grove site has provided a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed homes. They were designed by the council’s in-house architects and are part of Doncaster Council’s Affordable Housing Programme (2016-2021).
The homes have been built in partnership between the council, St Leger Homes, Homes England and the developer Willmott Dixon.
They were funded through a combination of Homes England grant and funding allocated from Doncaster Council’s Capital Programme.
St Leger Homes will manage and maintain the homes which will be let at an affordable rent to people who meet the local lettings policy criteria.