12 new council flats open on Kensington Street
The 12 new council flats are the latest development in the city that are completed via the ‘New homes for neighbourhoods” programme.
Brighton residents have been welcomed into the properties this week to mark the finishing of 12 new homes in the North Laines. The project includes one two-bedroom house, and 11 one-bedroom homes, including a fully wheelchair-accessible flat.
These flats take the number of new homes completed up to 185 on 12 empty or underused council-owned sites across the city, with these new houses previously being parking spaces.
All of the homes have been built to high water and energy efficient standards, with Councillor John Allcock saying at the opening of the homes that “Its’ so good to see more brand new council-rented homes that meet high energy and water efficient standards on heating and water bills and reduce carbon, so will be cheap to keep warm”.
Councillor Allcock also touched on the collaboration between the Green Party and Labour, by stating that “It’s a clear priority in the joint plan we’re working on with our Green party colleagues to do all we can to increase the supply of genuinely affordable housing in the city”
Councillor David Gibson, who represents Hanover and Elm grove for the Green Party also stated his elation over the homes, saying, “It’s great to welcome new residents and see the difference a secure council home can make to lives.”
After the success of these new properties, plans are also underway for 42 new homes on the site of the Victoria Road housing office in Portslade, which houses a new bowling green in Victoria rec for the Portslade bowls club, and a new sports pavilion.