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Celebrating the centenary of the Housing Act

Published Friday, 02 August 2019

The Borough Council of Wellingborough (BCW) and Greatwell Homes are celebrating 100 years of the Housing Act 1919.

The act, commonly known as the Addison Act, after Lord Christopher Addison then minister for health and housing , sought funding for councils to build 500,000 homes over three years.

The act has been highly regarded with establishing the provision of council housing at low rents. The first wave of homes was delivered in Broadway and Swanspool Parade, Wellingborough in 1924.

Greatwell Homes have been working in partnership with the Borough Council of Wellingborough for more than a decade to provide high-quality and affordable homes for residents across the borough.

The partnership, which was first established in 2007, followed a successful tenant ballot to transfer council homes to a new housing association, Wellingborough Homes. Great partnership working has continued ever since this date to ensure that residents receive confidential support and advice, and have access to a wide-range of low-cost quality housing to rent or part-buy.

Greatwell Homes and Wellingborough Council are currently working together to deliver over 170 affordable homes across four developments which include former council-owned properties – Main Road (Earls Barton), Lea Way, Milner Road (Finedon) and Penrith Drive. The affordable homes include a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and rent to buy which offers residents the lower rent prices and the opportunity to get on the property ladder.

The two also work together to provide homes to be used as temporary accommodation for residents experiencing a housing crisis, and find a permanent housing solution to avoid the use of costly emergency accommodation.

Jo Savage, Chief Executive of Greatwell Homes, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to work closely with the Borough Council of Wellingborough in order to provide much needed affordable homes, as well as temporary accommodation to residents within Wellingborough.

“This anniversary of the Addison Act reminds us of the importance that social housing has had throughout the country over the last 100 years. We’ve worked closely with Wellingborough Council for almost 12 years to ensure we are tackling the housing crisis as best as we possibly can and are continuing to work closely in order to support our customers and residents in the borough”.

Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Cllr Martin Griffiths, added: “We are passionate about meeting the housing needs of our residents and we enjoy an excellent working relationship with Greatwell Homes which aims to meet local demand.

“Greatwell Homes’ new customer charter works with residents to deliver first class services in a great way and is a fantastic initiative to ensure all residents are supported.

“We are celebrating this important centenary with the great news that a new wave of affordable housing is being delivered across the Borough of Wellingborough. Greatwell Homes are proving instrumental in this success which is helping to reduce the numbers of households in temporary accommodation.

“This partnership is continually developing and our latest support programme provides residents with a temporary home while our expert team work with them to find a permanent housing solution. We are proud to work with Greatwell Homes and look forward to working together to support our residents.”

For more information on the housing assistance and support that the council can provide, call the Housing Options team on: 01933 229777. 

For more information about Greatwell Homes, visit www.greatwellhomes.org.uk or call: 01933 234450