Leicestershire City Council has completed the multi-million pound purchase of 174 former nurses’ homes to create social housing.

The properties have been empty since 2019, after the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust decided it couldn’t afford the renovations needed.

The council will now spend an estimated between £3 and £4 million to bring the homes back into use, with the first units expected to be ready for rental in autumn 2021.

The properties will be made up of three bedroom semi-detached houses, along with some one or two-bed flats.

Leicester assistant city mayor responsible for housing councillor Elly Cutkelvin said: 

“These units were formerly used to house nurses working at the neighbouring Leicester General Hospital, but have been unoccupied for many years and have fallen into disrepair.

“We’ve been in talks with UHL about purchasing these units for several months, in order to bring them back into meaningful use and benefit local people by providing badly-needed affordable housing.

“The next step will be appointing contractors so that work can get underway on transforming these buildings and giving them a new lease of life.”