On Monday 7 March 2022, the Leader of Stevenage Borough Council – Cllr Sharon Taylor, Mayor of Stevenage – Cllr Sandra Barr and Cllr Jeannette Thomas visited the development site at Dunn Close to see the plot before any works started. Construction will soon begin to build 21, one, two and three bed apartments, with six further, one bed apartments in an adjacent building that will be for independent living. These works form part of Stevenage Borough Council’s commitment to providing homes to those most in need.

This scheme, alongside the development in Longmeadow of 11, one bedroom supported living bungalows, will help to ensure that there is high quality accommodation with the necessary support elements in place. The Longmeadow scheme will see the homes built off site, before being delivered fully constructed with the expectation that the properties will be completed by April 2022. Through offsite construction techniques, we are better able to deliver environmentally sustainable new homes and make use of renewable energy sources to heat and power the homes. This in turn makes them more affordable for the residents to live in.

Both schemes will make use of a range of environmental enhancements, with air source heat pumps being used, while solar panels and heat recovery systems will be installed at Dunn Close. A fabric first approach to the design and build of the schemes ensures that the properties benefit from enhanced insulation, meaning that the properties will be cheaper to heat for the residents living there.

Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Supporting the most in need is a housing priority for us at the council. We are working hard to build more social and affordable homes so everyone in Stevenage can live comfortably.”

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “I am so proud of all of our developments across the town giving residents the much needed housing they require. Here on Dunn Close, I look forward to this starting later this year and delivering an amazing development of homes and supported living accommodation.“This development and Longmeadow will provide a total of 37 high quality homes, and with the support that is provided alongside these accommodations, it gives our residents the best opportunity to thrive.”

We know the demand for more affordable and social homes in Stevenage is high, so we are working hard to deliver more housing across every part of the town. In addition to building hundreds of new homes in Stevenage, we are also generating local prosperity by creating new jobs on the development sites and offering professional training.

Source: Stevanage Borough Council

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