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Newlyweds first to snap up new council-built homes

Published Monday 6 November 2017

The first couple to move into new council-built homes in the Harborough district say they are ‘delighted’.

Jonathan Wood and Dorota Wood with HDC ChairmanNewlyweds Jonathan and Dorota Wood have purchased their house which is one of four attractive, two-bed semi-detached homes built in St Cuthbert's Avenue, Great Glen, on land owned by Harborough District Council.

The council made the homes available through the government’s Help to Buy scheme which assists people to get on to the property ladder.

And this week Jonathan and Dorota were presented with the keys, and flowers, by Harborough District Council’s chairman Grahame Spendlove Mason.

Jonathan said: “I grew up in Great Glen so I am really pleased that we are able to buy a house in the village. It’s a lovely area and we’re really looking forward to settling in.”

Councillor Spendlove Mason, council chairman, said: “These homes are the culmination of a project involving a number of organisations which have come together to achieve something special. Harborough District Council was instrumental in getting these homes built and transforming a former council-owned lock-up garage site into four highly sought after houses. I wish Jonathan and Dorota the best of luck for the future and hope they are very happy in their new home.”

Corby-based construction company, Jeakins Weir carried out the construction on behalf of Harborough District Council. Jeakins Weir was selected to build the homes through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) framework – managed by Scape Group – which helps public sector organisations secure high-quality construction work while saving money for the taxpayer. The Framework sets targets for ‘local spend’ ensuring the construction work supports jobs in the region.

Alistair Weir, Managing Director of Jeakins Weir, said: “We are delighted to have completed another successful project for Harborough District Council. The houses look great and we are sure all the purchasers will love their new homes.”

The council is also developing another site with Jeakins Weir in Paget Road, Lubenham, with a view to creating one new four-bed home, one new three-bed home and a bungalow suitable for people with mobility issues.

Pictured: l-r - Cllr Grahame Spendlove Mason handing over the keys to Jonathan and Dorota Wood