Surge in Amber Valley social housing building

The number of affordable homes built in part of Derbyshire has quadrupled in a year, officials have said.

About 100 properties for lower income families were made available in Amber Valley in the past 12 months.

Most are provided by housing associations for rent to applicants on the housing register but more than a dozen were made available to buy.

The £3.5m programme was funded by a mix of central government funds, private sector capital and grants.

Thirty eight homes were built in Swanwick, 19 in Somercotes, 18 in Kilburn and a further 26 in various other locations throughout Amber Valley.

Norman Bull, council cabinet member for sustainable housing, said: "The new affordable homes have made a real difference to people's lives.

"Some have moved from unsuitable homes into good quality rented accommodation, some have been able to buy their first home and others have avoided the grim prospect of repossession.

"With further schemes on the way in the next year we look forward to seeing more people in Amber Valley get a home that meets their needs."

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