A plaque celebrating the Addison Act and a century of council housing in Doncaster was unveiled – fittingly – on the completion of the latest housing scheme.
The occasion – and the plaque – was marked when the keys were handed over for the final property at Bristol Grove, Wheatley, in Doncaster.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones joined representatives of the council’s housing company, St Leger Homes, and housebuilder Willmott Dixon, at the 74-home development to mark its completion.
“I am delighted to see the final home at this impressive development handed to another over the moon tenant. We continue to deliver quality homes for local residents across our borough,” the mayor said.
Councillor Glyn Jones, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing and equalities, said: “Good quality, affordable housing is essential for the residents of Doncaster and we have certainly delivered on that front with this Bristol Grove scheme and our other housing developments.
“Since we started our council house build programme in 2013, we have seen approaching 400 new council homes built which is an achievement I am extremely proud of. The plaque incorporated into this final home is a fitting honour to the Addison Act as we mark its importance and celebrate 100 years of social housing.”
Paul Tanney, chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “We are delighted to be managing this fantastic development on behalf of Doncaster Council. Throughout this year we have been celebrating the centenary of the Addison Act in Doncaster – together we’ve held a museum exhibition, made a short film and worked with local schools to raise awareness of this landmark legislation.
“We are delighted that the council has decided to put up this plaque on these new homes – we hope it will serve as a lasting reminder to what has been achieved locally around council housing for Doncaster people.”
Stuart Kerr, director of Willmott Dixon, added: “This scheme is a hugely important project for Doncaster Council and we are proud to have been part of its creation over the past few years. The developments will make a huge difference to local communities by providing housing that is always in high demand.
The Bristol Grove site has provided a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroomed homes. They were designed by the council’s in-house architects and are part of Doncaster Council’s Affordable Housing Programme (2016-2021).