Work starts on new bungalows for Shirebrook

Bolsover District Council has started work on a new development to build up to 28 bungalows in Shirebrook to help meet local need. The development is the latest phase of the authorities £36million ‘Bolsover Homes’ scheme and will see the bungalows built on three different locations.

The main part of the development will see 24 modern one-storey properties constructed on land adjacent to Market Close/Portland Street. The bungalows will help provide much-needed homes for the elderly on a location that is near to the town centre and all its amenities.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sandra Peake said, “It’s great to see work starting on the site as it’s important we keep up our momentum in building council properties for people in areas that need them. We identified a need for this type of property in Shirebrook and we are meeting that need head on with these new bungalows.

“It’s important that we look after our elderly and provide them with good quality homes, so once these properties are built and together with the expansion of Ashbourne Court, they will be well catered for in the town.”

A further three bungalows will be built on Portland Road where the garages will be demolished to make way for the new properties. Similarly, the garage court on Market Close will be demolished allowing for one further bungalow to be built.

The homes are built to allow them to be easily adapted in the future to meet any changing needs of those living there. And each property will have off-road parking, gardens and environmentally friendly features.

The ‘Bolsover Homes’ scheme is a partnership between the Council and Robert Woodhead Limited and not only aims to provide new council homes, but support local businesses and trades as well as providing social outcomes like work placements and school educational visits.

Tom Woodhead, Business Services Director at Robert Woodhead Ltd said “I am really excited for our team to be delivering a new project for Bolsover District Council.  Once again maintaining a fundamental relationship with the client to improve the local area, whilst simultaneously implementing our climate action framework and working to reduce carbon on and off site. All this is further complimented by ensuring the project is giving back to the area, through local spend with our suppliers and by measuring our social, economic and environmental impact through our social value calculator.”