New homes built to support victims of bedroom tax
- 03 Sep
Eighteen new ‘affordable' homes are in the process of being built in Lancaster to support people affected by the bedroom tax.
The Guinness Partnership's £1.3 million development in the Scale Hall area will deliver six two-bed houses and 12 one-bed flats arranged as semi-detached pairs, reports 24dash.
The new homes are expected to be complete by January.
Richard Parker, an architect at Harrison Pitt Architects, the firm that designed the homes, said: "Recent changes in government housing policy are fuelling a demand for homes with fewer bedrooms, but it's important for housing design to remain flexible and adaptable to meet future needs. The energy-efficient homes in this development will help address these local housing needs. The one bedroom flats feature a design which means they can easily be converted back to three-bedroom houses if needed."
Allan Ramsay, director of investment and regeneration at Guinness, said: "We're really pleased to be able to commit additional funding in Lancaster where we know there will be a strong demand for these new homes from local people. We're also grateful to the city council for supporting our bid to the Homes and Communities Agency who are contributing around £270,000 towards the scheme costs to make the rents genuinely affordable."
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