New homes for people on the housing waiting list are being built across the borough, as work continues on phase three of the council’s small sites transformation.
Leader of the council Councillor James Swindlehurst and Councillor Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for corporate finance and housing, visited the Fox Road site in Langley; where they broke ground for six new semi-detached 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.
In January 2017, work started on four sites in Wexham and in August 2017 on an additional six sites in Britwell and Northborough.
Now phase three is underway, which includes redundant garages, vacant plots and an old doctors’ surgery that will deliver 25 new homes; a mixture of permanent and temporary accommodation, wheelchair accessible bungalows and semi-detached houses are set to be completed by Spring 2019.
The homes, which are spread across 25 units, will be ready for new council tenants by next summer.
Aside from Fox Road, work recently began on Pendeen Court, which saw a garage and a store demolished to make way for five new flats.
Also Moreton Way is currently being redeveloped from an old garage site into four semi-detached homes with parking.
The new developments are being undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, which is driving regeneration across the town including in leisure, housing, community and school buildings.
The sites are:
- Brook Path: Three, detached, accessible bungalows on a gap site
- Pendeen Court: Five new flats in one block for temporary accommodation on an old garage / store
- Moreton Way: Four new semi-detached homes with parking on an old garage site
- 324 Trelawney Avenue: Three new terraced homes with parking on the site of a former doctor’s surgery
- Fox Road: Six new semi-detached homes with parking on a redundant garage area
- Land adjacent to 7-9 Mansel Close: Four new semi-detached homes with parking on a redundant garage area
Councillor Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing, said: “These six small sites, in addition to the six in phase two and the four in phase one, are the reality of our strategy to utilise small plots of land – garages, derelict properties and infill – to provide desperately needed, quality council homes for the people of our town.
“With more than 130 new properties being built just in these small sites, alongside ones in SUR’s new developments, we will be offering even more people access to decent quality affordable homes.”
He added: “I am really pleased this set of small sites also includes temporary accommodation as this shows our commitment to the £18million set aside in our budget in the coming year for this type of the most needed housing.”
Andy Howell, general manager at Slough Urban Renewal said, “We are delighted that by working in partnership with the council, we are able to make a real difference to the people of Slough, providing much needed new homes for local people.
“SUR has been working hard to bring these challenging sites forward and it is very satisfying to see phase 3 beginning.
“By transforming various small sites, we are improving local communities and contributing to the council’s demand for housing which will benefit all.”