Families move into new affordable homes across the Black Country

(L-R) Construction manager for Jessup Brothers, Rob Payton, Dudley Council's Paul Griffiths and Alan Lunt and client liaison for Jessup Brothers Karen Campbell

Families are settling into their new homes as the keys to the latest new build council houses are handed over.

Dudley Council has been working in partnership with developer Jessup Brothers in the last few months to create 16 new affordable homes for families on former garage sites.

On Marley Road five two bedroom homes have been built in Kingswinford as part of a £650,000 development.  And off Davies Avenue in Coseley, £1.4million has been spent to develop 11 new homes including 2 four bedroom houses, 7 two bedroom houses and 2 two bedroom bungalows. The new homes will provide families with homes that offer contemporary living, with private gardens and driveways.

Work on the developments was completed ahead of schedule and within budget and are two of many projects that will be delivered as part of the council’s commitment to invest millions of pounds in new housing. Alan Lunt, strategic director of place at Dudley Council, said:

“These new builds are of huge significance to the borough as they provide 16 new affordable homes that are in such high demand. 

“We anticipate an additional 55 homes will be built this year, giving a clear message that we are doing what we can to support families of all ages by providing good quality affordable homes.

“Every single new house, bungalow or apartment we create counts, as each one provides a home and an opportunity for people to set down roots and be part of a community.”

The homes are also the first to be delivered through a construction framework agreement between Dudley Council and developer Jessup Brothers, which is designed to create a more cost effective and efficient way of working.

Together they are working together to an agreed standard of house design and pre-agreed cost.  This will allow the council to reduce its procurement costs and achieve better value for money, which will have a positive impact for tenants. Clive Jessup, managing director at Jessup Brothers, added:

“Jessup is delighted to be working closely with Dudley Council to deliver much needed new homes across the region. Marley Road and Davies Avenue are the first of several sites we are delivering together to improve the lives of the community of Dudley.”

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