The £5.7m project, which will deliver 50 council houses, is one of only a few such schemes being carried out in the UK, Mansell said. House-building schemes are usually mixed tenure these days, with profit from private sales subsidising the public sector element. This is the first council-only development in Bournemouth for 20 years.
The development comprises six two-bed houses, 42 three-bed semis and two detached four-beds. Construction is programmed to be complete by spring 2015.
Councillor Robert Lawton, responsible for housing in Bournemouth, said: “Providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for this council. This is the largest house building development by the council since the 1980s and will provide much-needed family accommodation for those residents currently on the housing register. This scheme will also give a boost to the local economy and provide jobs and apprenticeships.”
Mansell Homes regional director Guy Hayward said “Our dedicated in-house design and quality assessment team will ensure these homes are among the most energy efficient local authority homes in the country. We are engaging closely with the local community and supply chain on the project to ensure it delivers sustainable outcomes for all involved.”