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Plumbing training apprentices to work on Oakham affordable housing

Plumbing training apprentices could be among those who have started work on building 17 affordable homes at Barleythorpe, near Oakham.

The development consists of a range of two, three and four-bedroom houses and two-bedroom apartments and includes two homes specially designed for people with disabilities and will include features such as low-level light switches and special bathrooms.

Karl Hick, managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said the firm is delighted to be working with Nottingham Community Housing Association and Rutland County Council - which presides over the smallest county in England - to provide more reasonably-priced housing in the area.

Roger Begy, leader and housing portfolio holder for the council, added: "Increasing the supply of affordable housing in Rutland and helping people with specialist housing needs to live independently in the community are two of our key objectives."

The authorities are pleased that NCHA and Larkfleet have agreed to work with them to provide the new homes, he continued.