08 August 2014
Work has started to redevelop one of the few derelict sites left in Boston into affordable housing for local people.
The Blue Street development, on the site of the former Pilgrim Foods depot, will soon provide new homes for 41 families, including eight for shared ownership.
After a great deal of work to clear the site, the start of the construction was celebrated on 6 August when Waterloo Housing Group board member Brian Burnett and Boston Borough Council’s housing, property and community portfolio holder Cllr Mike Gilbert, turned the first sod.
The development will cost just over £5million and is receiving investment support of £160,000 from Boston Borough Council and £1million from the Homes and Communities Agency. It is being built in two phases by D Brown Builders, with completion expected in Autumn 2015.
Anthony Riley, Waterloo’s director of development and operations, was delighted that the development had received Government funding and praised Boston Borough Council for “opening the door” with its contribution. “This enabled us to get the project off the ground and provide much-needed, quality affordable homes for local people,” he said.
The Leader of Boston Borough Council, Cllr 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.”
Cllr Gilbert said: “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.”
The photo shows Brian Burnett and Cllr Mike Gilbert turning the first sod at Blue Street. Also pictured are Waterloo director Anthony Riley, centre and Boston Borough Council leader, Cllr Peter Bedford, right, with representatives from the council and Waterloo.