A MUM-of-two is looking forward to settling down with her family in Bulwell — after moving into one of the first council houses to be built in Nottingham for 20 years.
Laveena Patterson (21) and children Roche (four) and Tayah (three) have been given the keys to the three-bedroomed home on Lillington Road.
Eight properties have been built in Bulwell as part of a 31-home scheme across the city in a partnership between Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes and builder Lovell, with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Laveena said: “The house is great. I’m really looking forward to living there. It’s going to make a big difference to us and give us the chance to settle down as a family.
“We previously lived in private, rented accommodation and we moved every year. But now we can put roots down. We’ve been on the waiting list for a year and we were shocked to get a brand new home.”
The Bulwell houses have been built on a site that was derelict and abandoned for several years. One of the properties is a four-bedroomed house specifically designed for larger families with disabled children.
All the homes are eco-friendly with solar panels and energy-efficient boilers and windows.
Work on the Bulwell houses began last spring and despite the big freeze in December, the site has been handed over six weeks ahead of schedule.
Coun Dave Liversidge (Lab), the city council’s lead member for housing delivery, said: “These new council-houses provide top-quality family-homes in Bulwell where there is a real shortage of family housing.
“They are a valuable addition to the city’s housing stock, giving us more of the accommodation that is most needed.
“As they have all been built on abandoned parcels of land, they are playing a big part in bringing new life to derelict or eyesore sites and transforming our neighbourhoods.”