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Thanks to a partnership between house builder Westleigh, the Astra Housing Group and Leicester City Council, a neglected site in Leicester which was once the home of the country’s national velodrome has been given a new lease of life as a brand new housing development.
 
The derelict land, on Saffron Lane, has been converted into 45 new affordable homes which includes a mix of two four-bedroom properties, 13 three-bedroom houses, 20 two-bedroom homes (including two bungalows), and 10 one-bedroom apartments. Additionally, five of the properties have been designed specifically to suit the needs of wheelchair users in the £4.8m scheme.
 
The development, built by Leicestershire-based house builder Westleigh, is served by a new, signal controlled junction. Just off Saffron Lane, the junction was funded by a £500,000 loan from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). An additional £1m was provided for the scheme through the Homes and Communities Agency.
 
“We're thrilled to have been involved in putting this site back to good use for the benefit of the community,” Gary Turner, Head of Investment and Partnership at Westleigh, said. “New housing is in high demand in the city and we're pleased to provide such a diverse range of new homes to suit all needs and tastes.”
 
Michele Walker, Asra's Programme Delivery Manager for the Midlands, added: “We're really proud to be delivering much-needed affordable housing in Leicester. By working with the local authority we have brought it back to life and it will now become home to many local people.”
 
Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP, said that the Saffron Lane development is a perfect example of how the Government’s Growing Places Fund has contributed to bringing a derelict brownfield site back into social and community use. “The LLEP is pleased to have been able to contribute to the success of this exemplary affordable housing scheme,” he said.
 
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby also offered comment: “This scheme has created some much-needed new affordable homes in Leicester – and given a boost to the local construction industry. I am delighted that the city council was able to provide the land for the scheme and that our partnership with Westleigh and Asra has enabled a derelict site to be transformed into this new community of 45 homes.”
 

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