Affordable homes approved on former depot site
Following approval by Blaby District Councils Planning Committee, 32 much-needed affordable homes for residents of the district will be built in Littlethorpe. The brownfield site on Warwick Road was the Councils Neighbourhood Services depot until relocation to Whetstone in 2016. The site was cleared and sold to emh homes for £1.125 million in January 2020.
Following consultation with both the Councils Housing Strategy and Planning teams, an application was submitted in June for 32 homes, featuring 15 two-bed and 13 three-bed properties, as well as four bungalows. The mix of housing types on the site was agreed with the Housing Strategy team as the most viable and representative of the housing needs for local residents.
Every home on the site will be an affordable property, with the 32 properties going towards addressing the increasing levels of need for affordable long term accommodation in the District. The tenure will be split between social rented homes (the most affordable rented tenure), and shared ownership units for first-time buyers looking to get their foot on the housing ladder.
The Council will be working with emh group throughout the process, and will be advertising properties as and when they become available. Applicants with a Local Connection to the District of Blaby will be able to bid for the social rented properties through the Councils Choice Based Lettings Scheme.
Narborough and Littlethorpe Community Library
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Following our successful Reserve and Collect Service, which started whilst the library was still closed to the public, we were delighted to re-open to the public on August 12th. We have recently purchased many new adult fiction books which are ready to borrow and enjoy. We have, of course, put Covid-19 safety measures in place, which include a full screen around the desk and a foot operated hand sanitiser station. We have reorganised the library shelves so that a one way system is in place with entry via the side gate to allow for social distancing and we request that visitors wear a face covering. The new system seems to be working well and we are hoping that the public computers will be available very soon.