SLH has purchased six affordable homes at Railway Cottages, Newby Bridge, thanks in part to a £282k grant from South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and £234k grant from Homes England. Total funding was over £1 million.
Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Innovation, said: “This is a significant amount of money but investment which will make a significant improvement to the availability of affordable housing in the district.”
The six properties are already occupied with six long-term tenants some of whom are registered disabled, are long-term residents aged between 65 and 80.
SLH will improve the homes to a decent standard, with a programme of works set to include:
- re-roofing / checking chimneys,
- replacement kitchens or reconfiguring existing to comply with the Health & Safety Housing Rating System,
- replacement bathrooms,
- new external doors, a couple also need internal doors
- replacement lean-to roofs,
- changing the current heating systems which are a range of oil, calor gas, open fires to install PV panels with Air Source Heat Pumps and back up storage batteries
- electrical upgrades
- Double glazing to some of the properties which don’t currently have double glazing
- And any other adhoc repairs in the properties
There will also be external improvements to the communal area.
The tenants will move to ‘assured’ tenancies and they have also welcomed the planned improvements to their homes.