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A new £14.5million housing development is now underway at the former home of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council depot.

Once finished the land that used to play home to the St Mary’s Road council depot will instead boast 83 houses and 12 flats – all of which will count as affordable.

The council has never divulged how much the land was actually sold for but Midland Heart and and Derby-based developer Partner Construction are behind the new housing development, which is reportedly worth £14.5m.

Joe Reeves, executive director of growth and corporate affairs at Midland Heart, said: “There is much need for new affordable housing in Nuneaton with demand outstripping supply.

“This is an unusually significant development for Midland Heart – 83 houses and 12 flats – and all will be at affordable rent or for shared ownership, giving first time buyers a chance to step on to the property ladder.

“This is very much in line with our ambition to develop in areas where people want to live and where quality affordable housing is in demand.”

Brent Davis, executive director for operations at the Town Hall , said: “This new development will deliver many new affordable homes for local residents and do much to enhance this pleasant residential area.

“The land has been released for development following the relocation of the council depot to a more suitable location and the move has been welcomed positively by local residents.”

Planning permission for the new homes was granted back in May .

The council’s maintenance and cleaning teams since 1959 before making the move to the new super depot in Gresham Road.

A waste licence has still not been secured for the new council depot in Gresham Road.

The new depot has not been without controversy as the council has come under-fire about the £1.2m over spend on the project .

There have also been issues about the fact that the new depot did not have a waste licence when it opened and was having to continue to use the old depot to get rid of waste.

It is still unclear if the council’s application to the Environment Agency for a licence has been approved.

Source: Coventry Telegraph

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