More council homes for Slough families are on the way as number of schemes from phase 3 of the council’s small sites strategy near completion.
The small sites strategy aims to bring smaller sites – such as old garages, run down properties gap sites and parcels of land not usually attractive to developers – into use for new homes.
In 2016, the council identified 25 small development sites to be used for building new, and extending existing, council homes. In total, more than 130 new properties will be built.
Councillors Mohammed Nazir, Lead member for housing, and James Swindlehurst, Leader of the Council took the opportunity to visit two of phase 3 sites nearing completion in Cippenham today.
These sites are:
The demolition of a redundant garage site to make way for the construction in its place of four new 3 bedroom council homes for rent.
This site formally contained 7 bedsit bungalows which were deemed unsuitable for modern living standards and demolished in 2014. These have been replaced with one 2 bed and two 3 bed bungalows all of which are wheelchair standard , and 2 bungalows have been specifically designed for families currently living in unsuitable properties.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council said:
“Slough has a proud council house building record, and is a cut above our local neighbours when it comes to supplying homes for our residents, so it’s fantastic to see yet more much needed council homes becoming available for Slough families.
“When I was first elected, I used to get lots of casework calls from elderly residents in the Brook Path bedsits about how cold and dark there were in winter. The new homes on the site are spacious, modern and a complete transformation.”
Councillor Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing, added:
“What stands out about this phase of our strategy is the specialist accommodation we are building for Slough families in need of housing who have a member living with a disability.”