Council land sale paves way for affordable housing

Published Tuesday 3 November 2020

38 much-needed affordable homes are set to be built, as part of a redevelopment project on land at Naseby Square, after the sale of Council-owned land was agreed.

Harborough District Council’s Cabinet agreed on 2 November 2020 to sell Council-owned land next to the Naseby Square complex, off Stuart Road, in Market Harborough to Platform Housing Group which owns the rest of site.

The current Naseby Square planning application will now be withdrawn and a revised application submitted for an identical scheme, but with 100 per cent affordable housing.

The new development will be a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership properties that can be rented or purchased at a lower rate than housing on the open market.

It will help couples and families struggling to find a home to rent or buy.

Cllr James Hallam, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead for strategic asset management, said: “It is really positive that this site will provide so many affordable homes to assist those on the housing waiting list and also help those trying to get on the property ladder.”

The Council had intended to redevelop the land itself but said it is refocusing its priorities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Naseby Square redevelopment will see 38 new affordable homes created, at a former garage site owned by Harborough District Council along with land that is currently owned by Platform Housing Group.

Platform Housing Group said it will continue its ongoing programme of consultation with customers at the Naseby Square complex.