Newly weds get to show off 
their new home

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The first council housing being built in Central Beds in 40 years received a ministerial seal of approval on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, came to check out the four new homes under construction at Creasey Park Drive, Dunstable.

Mr Lewis met newlyweds Helen and Dean O’Connell, who are set to move into one of the units.

The Dunstable couple have been living with Dean’s parents while they searched for suitable accommodation. Dean is a wheelchair user which has made finding a suitable home difficult.

Plans are now well under way to determine the interior design and layout of the two-bedroom bungalow and the couple, who tied the knot last weekend, were able to discuss with Mr Lewis how their marital home will look.

Mr Lewis said: “It’s great to be here in Dunstable to see how the Right to Buy is having a real beneficial impact on people’s lives.

“The benefit of Right to Buy is that it’s also getting homes built like these at Creasey Park Drive.”

Council leader Cllr James Jamieson, added: “We are an ambitious authority with a proactive approach to growth and we are committed to developing a range of housing that caters for all our residents, so it has been such a pleasure to meet Helen and Dean and see the difference this work can make to our residents’ lives.”

Cllr Jamieson gave Mr Lewis a guided tour around Priory View on Church Street. This is the Council’s new £15million development of 83 independent living apartments for people aged 55 and over, which is scheduled to open in January 2016.