Housing Minister welcomed to Shirebrook by Council Leader

Six-months after the then Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick visited Shirebrook, Council Leader Steve Fritchley welcomed the new Housing Minister Christopher Pincher to the town to see the progress being made on the First Homes scheme.

Located on the former colliery site, 12 properties on Keepmoats Meadow View development are allocated to the First Homes Scheme where local and key workers who are first time buyers, can purchase a house at a 30% discount.

The discounted houses are helping to provide a route for first time buyers who have a local connection to the area. This could be someone who has lived or worked in Bolsover District and also includes people who need to stay in the District to be close to family or residents and ‘key workers’.

Council Leader, Steve Fritchley said, “It is always good to welcome government ministers to the area to see what we are doing and how they may be able to help us regenerate and develop the District.”

NHS ICT worker, Nicky Bembridge is the latest to buy a property on the development through the First Homes scheme and is now preparing to move in.

Cllr Fritchley added, “Schemes like this can only be beneficial to local residents and I would like to see it extended so more people in our local communities can get onto the housing ladder. This scheme has been really popular and all 12 properties have now been purchased, which shows that there is a demand for this type of housing project in Bolsover District.”

The scheme, will complement the Council’s £36 million Bolsover Homes, which will see up to 400 new council homes built over the next few years for the benefit of local people and families.

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