Borough Council of Wellingborough

Families move into new homes on site which has been derelict for years

Published Thursday, 26 September 2019

Work on 23 new build flats, which are a mixture of one and two bed homes, have been completed by Greatwell Homes and developer Lindum Group in a bid to help tackle the housing crisis.

Solomon Place, located on Lea Way in Wellingborough, used to be the location of shops, takeaways and a launderette before being derelict for a number of years. The site, which has benefitted from Homes England funding, was previously owned by the Borough Council of Wellingborough before being bought by Greatwell Homes (formerly Wellingborough Homes) in 2017.

The site was officially opened on 20th September 2019 by Greatwell Homes, which was attended by members of Lindum Group, the Borough Council of Wellingborough and the Mayor, Cllr Jo Beirne. Surrounding neighbours of the site also had an exclusive first look of the flats.

Research from the National Housing Federation earlier this week shows that 8.4 million people across England are directly affected by the housing crisis and waiting for a home, with 1.6 million of those being from the Midlands.

The 23 flats are split into two different tenures – 12 for affordable rent and 11 for Rent To Buy, a scheme designed to help people transition from renting to buying their own home.

Jo Savage, Chief Executive of Greatwell Homes, said: “This new research from the National Housing Federation shows that the housing need within England is still very much in crisis. We are committed to developing a diverse range of new homes and offer a range of different tenures to help support those 1.6 million people in the Midlands who are waiting for a suitable home.

“New homes such as these, and others that we are currently developing across Northamptonshire, play a part in tackling the housing crisis and offers those in need a sense of security.”

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, who is the ward councillor for Brickhill where the site resides, said: “Over the years this area has sadly become a target for anti-social activity and the derelict appearance of the site completely upsets the street scene of an otherwise attractive and very popular residential area of our town.

“We have faced a number of challenges to bring this previously disused site forward for development, including a compulsory purchase order, however, we are delighted to see how this area has transformed.

"We are pleased to open the development and welcome residents to Solomon Place.”