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Affordable new homes boost for Boston

The future for households in need of housing in Boston borough is looking brighter, with a number of affordable housing schemes underway.

Boston Borough Council and Waterloo Housing Group have been working hard to facilitate more affordable new homes in the borough.

In addition to £550,000 the council originally approved as part of its housing strategy, the council made a further £322,000 affordable homes funding available in September. Waterloo is on schedule with development of 41 houses in Blue Street and expects 19 of these to be completed by the end of March. Waterloo is now working on 48 houses at Broadfield Lane, Boston. These will be completed summer 2016. A further site at Brothertoft Road which will provide 13 dwellings, due for completion later this year, is also under way.

Plans are also going ahead for a scheme at Swineshead to provide 19 dwellings and work is expected to start in March.

The Blue Street, Boston, scheme is on the former Pilgrim Foods depot. The development will cost just over £5 million and received investment support of £160,000 from Boston Borough Council and £1million from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Leader of Boston Borough Council, Cllr Peter Bedford, said: "This is yet another large disused site in Boston being returned to usefulness - providing much-needed and affordable modern homes."

Portfolio holder for housing, Cllr Mike Gilbert, said: "The council has established a sound working relationship with Waterloo Housing, providing affordable homes and homes in the rental sector.

"By providing additional funding to offset some of the building costs we are fortunate to have the opportunity to develop affordable homes in the borough."

Cllr Gilbert said the council's rogue landlord scheme was driving up standards of rented accommodation.

Anthony Riley, Waterloo Housing Group Director of Development and Operations said: "Waterloo Housing Group is working hard in partnership with Boston Borough Council to provide more affordable homes in Boston, as evidenced by our recent development of 41 homes at Blue Street. We are currently developing a further 100-plus affordable homes in a number of locations across the borough with generous assistance from the council.

"Also we have recently secured funding to deliver over 2,500 new affordable rented and shared ownership homes across the Midlands and Lincolnshire with our local authority partners, as part of a three-year agreement between us and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

"We will continue to work alongside Boston Borough Council to increase the number of well-maintained affordable homes for local people."

Waterloo has more than 100 dwellings now started, with a further 50 expected soon.

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Flashback to last August: Brian Burnett and Cllr Mike Gilbert turn the first spades at Waterloo's Blue Street affordable housing development. Also pictured, guests including Waterloo director Anthony Riley, centre, right of Mr Riley, Boston Borough Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, and representatives from the council and Waterloo

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Work underway on the Blue Street affordable homes development in Boston
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