Residents have now moved into their brand-new homes at Nottingham City Council’s Beckhampton development in Bestwood Park, just in time for Christmas.

The homes are the latest to be completed as part of the Building a Better Nottingham programme and let at affordable rents to local families in housing need. Built by Lovell Partnerships on behalf of the council, the homes are energy efficient and low cost to run.

Every home has solar panels to help lower energy bills, as well as water fittings designed to reduce water wastage and electric vehicle charging points to futureproof the gradual shift towards more sustainable motoring.

For Araz and his family, who previously lived in a small flat, the move couldn’t have come at a better time. “My daughter Eve is just eleven months old,” says Araz. “She’s just started crawling, and the flat wasn’t ideal as she didn’t have a lot of room. We’re thrilled that now we have a house with a garden, which means that by the time she’s walking next summer, she’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors so much more.”

Cllr Jay Hayes, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Ward Councillor for Bestwood, said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to get these families into their new homes now, so they can enjoy their first Bestwood Christmas in their new homes and their new community. We have over 100 new families moved in already, and more will follow next year.”

Beth Bundonis, Regional Managing Director for Lovell Partnerships in the East Midlands, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many families settling in ready for a festive season together – and benefitting from enhanced energy efficiency as we head into the colder months.

“The work we do is so much more than just building houses – we help create new communities. As well as the homes, the development includes all-important outdoor spaces for Araz, Eve and all of the families moving in will be able to enjoy together.”

When complete, the Beckhampton development will comprise 129 new homes for local people in housing need.