A well-known former factory site in Nottingham is being transformed into 47 new affordable homes through a partnership between Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) and house builder Westleigh

The £5.3m scheme on the site of the former Speedo factory on Ascot Road in Bobbersmill will comprise of a mix of one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom bungalows and two-bedroom and three-bedroom houses for affordable rent and shared ownership sale.

Ten of the two bedroom houses, and five of the three bedroom houses, will be available for shared ownership with NCHA.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said: “I’m delighted to see this site brought back into use to provide new affordable homes for Nottingham people. We’re pleased to be working in partnership with NCHA who work proactively to develop new homes at a range of sites across the city.”

As part of the agreement to grant planning permission, bobbersmillthe development will be donating £14,000 to improve the Windmill Community Allotments next door, and £55,000 will be given towards creating new school places in the area.

Allan Fisher, NCHA’s Director of Development, welcomed the scheme’s development: “Our ongoing partnership with Nottingham City Council and developers Westleigh is bringing this new development to life. We’re building more homes for local residents to rent and buy, giving them an affordable way to get on the property ladder. With the help of our own Pelham Architects, the site is being transformed into high quality homes to meet the local housing demand.”

The development is expected to be complete in Spring 2017. Funding for the development has been provided by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Nottingham City Council and NCHA.

Anyone looking to get on the home ownership ladder should visit NCHA’s website – www.ncha.org.uk – to register their interest.