Work has now begun on a new multi-million pound low-cost housing development in Arnold.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council Cllr John Clarke and a number of other prominent council figures were invited to view Hawksley Court, a new housing development on Byron Street in Arnold and also lay a commemorative golden stone.
The site is being developed by housing association Gedling Homes in conjunction with GEDA Construction and comprises of nine 2-bed flats and twelve 1-bed flats, all of which will be for affordable rent once completed in March 2018.
The development is named after Thomas Hawksley, a prominent figure in the Borough’s history.
Hawksley was a 19th Century waterworks engineer who was responsible for one of Britain’s first ever constant water supplies, the Trent Bridge Water Works, along with around 150 other water supplies up and down the country.
The timing of the ceremonious event comes just one week after what would have been Hawksley’s 210th birthday.
Funding for the £2.2million scheme was funded by Gedling Homes, with a £546K contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency, which is part of the £3bn that the government released in order to help meet its home building targets.
After laying the commemorative golden stone, Cllr John Clarke said: “I have a background in construction and I contested the County elections in the area so I’ve been interested in this scheme since they first began digging.
“Gedling Homes and GEDA are doing a great job of it. It will help meet some of the figures that the government have set out in terms of building new properties. We’ve got targets to meet and this is a small contribution towards that. And it’s using pieces of land like this in a sensible way, so well done guys.”
Director of Gedling Homes Jason Cannon said: It’s fantastic to get to that point where we’re growing our housing stock.
“A lot of hard work has gone in and everyone involved has worked tirelessly to the point where we’ve got three new schemes on the go including this one.
“Hawksley Court in particular has been on the agenda for a long time and thanks to GEDA for their perseverance it’s now well underway. Thanks as well to the local authority for their support of our plans.”
Tim Ryan, Chair of Gedling Homes Board added: “Years ago I was in property development for a housing association so for me it’s the real life blood if you can build new stuff for people. We know the housing market is desperately broken in this country and developments like Hawksley Court help contribute to the fixing of it. And it’s such a brilliant site so well done to everybody involved.”