Work starts on first coun­cil homes for more than a decade

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By JOHN WAKE­FIELD

WORK to cre­ate 11 so­cial-rent homes in Hurst is now un­der­way af­ter six for­mer coun­cil homes were de­mol­ished just be­fore Christ­mas.

Sit­u­ated in Tape Lane, work on the new homes will start prop­erly this month.

Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil, which is fund­ing the homes, said that the homes are much-needed.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted in Oc­to­ber 2017: the six homes on the site had failed to meet the De­cent Homes Stan­dard. As a re­sult, the ten­ants were re-al­lo­cated homes else­where in the bor­ough.

And the coun­cil said that the Tape Lane devel­op­ment is “a mile­stone achieve­ment” as it will be the first tra­di­tional coun­cil hous­ing that it has con­structed for the first time in more than a decade.

The devel­op­ment com­prises a mix of two and three bed­room homes as well as one fourbed­room bun­ga­low.

The site demolition and fu­ture devel­op­ment is be­ing over­seen by the coun­cilowned devel­op­ment com­pany Wok­ing­ham Hous­ing (WHL). When fin­ished, they will be part of the coun­cil’s hous­ing stock.

Cllr Pauline Jor­gensen, deputy leader of the coun­cil, was de­lighted.

She said: “The pro­vi­sion of good qual­ity, af­ford­able and so­cial hous­ing across the Bor­ough is of the ut­most im­por­tance to the coun­cil.

“Tape Lane is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how we can take some­thing that is old and no longer fit for pur­pose and then de­liver new homes that are in line with need and built to a spec­i­fi­ca­tion that will last for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Pic­ture: Ste­wart Turk­ing­ton

As­sis­tant di­rec­tor: hous­ing, in­come and as­sess­ments Si­mon Price, Wok­ing­ham Hous­ing (WHL) chair­man, Cllr Alis­tair Auty, chair of the neigh­bour­hood and com­mu­ni­ties group and in­volved ten­ant Jen Chal­lis, WBC’s deputy leader Cllr Pauline Jor­gensen and par­ish and ward coun­cil­lor Cllr Wayne Smith

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