Council bonus for new homes

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Amber Valley Borough Council has been awarded a £900,000 ‘New Homes Bonus’ for its housing work.

Between October 2011 and October 2012, 136 empty properties within the Borough were made into homes again, compared with a total of 303 for the whole County.

The bonus also rewards the council for securing 70 new affordable homes to help the 2,970 local families on the housing register who are currently living in accommodation that does not meet their needs.

Councillor Norman Bull, Cabinet Member for Decent and Affordable Places to Live said: “The Council’s exceptional achievement of bringing 136 empty homes back into use illustrates its commitment to this task.

“The considerable number of additional affordable homes reflects the continuing need for such properties and the constructive partnerships the Council has developed with housing providers. The bonus will be used to fund further work within the Council’s Housing Strategy.”

Councils across Derbyshire are set to share a cash payout of £9million after delivering 1,859 new homes including 481 affordable properties and 303 empty homes brought back into use.

Notes for Editors

The New Homes Bonus was announced by the Housing Minister Mark Prisk on 10 December. Over the next year, England’s 353 councils will share a cash payout of £661million, after delivering 142,000 new homes, including 58,000 affordable properties.

Councils across Derbyshire are set to share a cash payout of £9million after delivering 1,859 new homes including 481 affordable properties and 303 empty homes brought back into use.

A care home for 60 elderly residents could be built in Heanor.

Ashmere Care Group has submitted a planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council for the home, which would be built in Ilkeston Road.

There would be 36 rooms for care of the elderly and a further 24 rooms for specialist care for residents with dementia

The plans also outline storage areas, a lounge, dining area, kitchen and internal areas for strolling and socialising.

There would also be sensory gardens, plant rooms, a laundry and car parking.

The application states the care home would create 50 jobs if permission is given by the council. These would be a mixture of full-time and part-time positions

A decision is expected by the authority in late February.