THRILLED families have received the keys to their new homes in Denaby – the first Doncaster Council homes to be built in over 20 years.
The first tenants to step over the threshold at the Hesley Court development were Robyn Johnson and husband Andrew, together with their children Coby, seven, and four-year-old Bobbie.
They were presented with their keys by elected mayor, Peter Davies, and Coun Ray Mullis, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for housing.
Robyn said: “The house is gorgeous. We are really pleased to live here. I was over the moon when I found out we had successfully got one of these new houses.
“It’s nice to have some extra space as I’ve moved from a two bedroomed home to a three bedroomed one.”
The eight homes are the first phase of a £2.7 million development, which when completed will comprise of 24 two, three and four bedroom properties.
The remaining 16 will be released in two further phases by the end of March.
Mr Davies said: “This is excellent news for Doncaster and for families needing an affordable home. These are the first new council homes built in the borough for more than 20 years and will help to address the underlying demand for affordable housing within Doncaster.”
He added he hoped to commission even more new affordable council owned homes and had proposed a further £20 million scheme in his draft budget for 2012/3.
The homes were commissioned by the council and funded jointly by DMBC and the Homes and Communities Agency.
The properties will be managed by St Leger Homes, advertised through Doncaster Homechoice on the website www.doncasterhomechoice.co.uk
Conisbrough and Denaby councillor Christine Mills, said: “This building work is helping to regenerate the area and is exceptionally good news for Denaby and families who want to live here.”