The Mayor of Luton officially opened the town’s newest affordable housing development in Cades Close on Thursday.
Griggs Gardens used to be a council-owned site which was full of derelict garages and was attracting vandalism and other anti-social behaviour.
Luton Community Housing (LCH) and Luton Borough Council worked together to plan how to make the best use of the site.
The council gave the land to LCH who cleared the area and developed the affordable housing scheme.
LCH also purchased an adjoining property to help facilitate access and make the site bigger.
The development includes two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom houses, and will allow four families in housing need to come off the waiting list and move into brand new homes that they can afford to live in.
The Council contributed £82,000 towards the overall development.
Councillor Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing in Luton, said: “While this is just a small development, I hope it still demonstrates that we are doing what we can, where we can to provide much needed housing in Luton. It also improves the overall look of the neighbourhood as the previous sight was becoming a bit of an eyesore.
“I would like to thank our committed partners Luton Community Housing for this successful scheme which will significantly improve the lives of four Luton families.
“It is important to celebrate this achievement while still recognising that we have a huge shortage of local housing and will continue to work closely with partners to do as much as we can.”
Lynda Rees, CEO of Luton Community Housing, said: “We are delighted to have been able to partner with Luton Borough Council on this scheme, which is one of two projects we are doing bringing derelict garage sites back into use to provide much-needed affordable housing.
“These developments require more effort than other sites as there are additional obstacles that need to be overcome such as changing existing rights of way and underground services to be re-routed. This makes it all the more worthwhile when we achieve it and create lovely new homes for families.”