Published: 05:00, 21 June 2022
Swale council’s new housing company is moving forward with plans to build 170 affordable homes in the borough.
In October 2020 the authority agreed to borrow up to £23 million to fund Rainbow Homes – its second biggest investment in 50 years.
Now the housing group is preparing its first project – planning new flats at three council-owned sites in Sittingbourne, in Cockleshell Walk, East Street and Fountain Street.
Counties & Capital Consulting Ltd (C&CC) has been appointed to oversee the project.
Emma Wiggins, director at Rainbow Homes, said: “We will be working with our partners to provide local people with a home of their own, built to a good standard and offering a mix of affordable tenures.
“Our focus will be on creating sustainable communities which make a real difference to the lives of those who live there.
“Our plans for these three sites are still being finalised, and we’re getting ready to submit planning applications in the next few months.”
C&CC will manage and advise on all stages of works, managing director Neill Tickle, has previously worked with the council and within the borough for more than 15 years
He said: “We’re over the moon to have been selected.
“It’s refreshing to see that, despite the wide range of political parties and views represented within Swale, the one factor that everyone agrees with is that they must do their part to help with the housing crisis in delivering more affordable housing for the local community and the people who need it the most – we are delighted to be able to help them achieve this, every step of the way.”
Rainbow Homes was created in a bid to boost the number of affordable homes in the borough and described as a “pillar” of the council for the next five decades.
It is the second biggest investment since the authority formed in the 1970s, behind the £57m town centre regeneration scheme.