Nottingham council homes: Biggest project 'in generation'

A £2.85m project to build new council homes in Nottingham will be the "biggest in a generation", according to city council officials.

The 26 council houses are part of a plan to build 350 new council houses by 2017.

The project will give 10 apprentices the chance to work on new builds for the first time, a spokesman said.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a social policy charity, said more council homes were "badly needed" in the UK.

The foundation estimates that the UK needs 250,000 new homes annually.

New jobs

"Our research shows by 2020 competition for the limited supply of social housing will increase," a Rowntree Foundation spokesman said.

"More young people and families will stay at home for longer, while others will be forced to live in the private rented sector - often in lower-end accommodation as a result of low incomes.

"So it's vital we meet demand today and provide housing across a range of tenures, at rates people can afford."

Nottingham City Homes chief executive Nick Murphy said: "This is the start of a new house building programme that will be the biggest for a generation - creating much-needed family homes.

"It will also create hundreds of new jobs over the next few years - and give our apprentices the opportunity to get great skills and experience so they have an even better chance of gaining a full-time job once they've finished their training."

The project will provide affordable homes in Bestwood Park, Aspley, Top Valley and St Ann's, city council leader Jon Collins said.

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