Affordable housing work starts on £5 million project


Work has started on a £5 million redevelopment of a prominent derelict site in Boston for affordable housing.

The Blue Street development, on the site of the former Pilgrim Foods depot, will provide new homes for 41 families, including 33 for rent and eight for shared ownership.

The start of the construction was celebrated on Wednesday when Waterloo Housing Group board member Brian Burnett and Boston Borough Council’s housing, property and community portfolio holder Coun Mike Gilbert, turned the first sod.

The development will cost just over £5 million and is receiving investment support of £160,000 from Boston Borough Council and £1 million from the Homes and Communities Agency. It is being built in two phases by D Brown Builders, with completion expected in Autumn 2015.

Leader of Boston Borough Council Coun Peter Bedford said: “This is yet another large disused site in Boston being returned to usefulness – providing much-needed and affordable modern homes. The other large derelict site has a new school under construction. These are just two signs among many that Boston is really going places.”

Coun Gilbert added: “The housing market in Boston suffers from restricted supply, high demand, high rents and some properties in poor condition. The relationship with Waterloo will help meet demand for accommodation for the people of Boston into the future.”