A new affordable homes development on the site of a former garage in Kendal has been visited by leading South Lakeland councillors.
South Lakes Housing completed the project of five homes on the Parkside Road site – three for social rent and two for shared ownership for local people.
Cath Purdy, SLH’s chief executive, welcomed Jonathan Brook, leader of South Lakeland District Council and Councillor Helen Chaffey, housing portfolio holder to the development.
The homes have been built using improved fabric insulation and low carbon technology including PV panels and battery storage, to help reduce householders’ energy bills.
Ms Purdy said: “We are thrilled with the outcome of this development. We have replaced unattractive garages with homes for people that really need them.
“This development is helping to combat the housing crisis locally and it will make a positive difference to local people who have been struggling to own or rent their own home. We hope that the residents will be very happy in their new homes.”
Mr Brook said: “This is a fantastic development of five new affordable, energy-efficient homes. We know there is a significant need for affordable homes for local families and I am delighted that SLDC have been able to contribute towards this development.
“A key priority in our Council Plan is to enable the delivery of 1,000 affordable homes to rent over the 10-year period to 2025 and we are on track to deliver this. South Lakes Housing deserve congratulations for transforming this site and helping meet the target.”
Councillor Chaffey said: “What also impressed me about this development was that it was built to Nationally Described Space Standards, generously proportioned with plenty of storage space. It was delightful to see first-hand how this project is making a life-changing difference to local families.”
The project has been funded by SLH and Homes England with some funding also coming from South Lakeland District to support site assembly to facilitate this new development.