Two of the council’s cabinet got a sneak peek of some new council homes which are nearing completion.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council and councillor Mohammed Nazir, lead member for housing were invited to look round the new houses and bungalows being built in Moreton Way and Brook Path – soon to be completed.
The homes are being built as part of the council’s small sites strategy.
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 – in to use for new homes.
In 2016, the council identified 25 council-owned small development sites to be used for building new, and extending existing, council homes. In total, more than 120 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. In May 2018 work started on six more sites across the town and in December 2018 the largest phase started with six more sites bringing 36 new properties.
The demolition of a former garage site to make way for the construction in its place of four new three-bedroom council homes for rent.
This site was formerly seven bedsit bungalows which were deemed unsuitable for modern living standards and demolished in 2014.
These are being replaced with one two-bedroom and two three-bed bungalows which are wheelchair accessible, and two 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 so it’s fantastic to see yet more much needed council homes becoming available for Slough families.
“The old Brook Path bedsits were cold and dark and gloomy, particularly in winter and I received numerous complaints and casework about them over the years, so to see the new homes on the site being so spacious and modern is a complete transformation.”
Councillor Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing, added: “What stands out about our small site strategy not only the sheer number of properties we are building for local people but the specialist accommodation we are providing for Slough families in need of housing who have someone living with a disability.
“I know these new properties will be as welcomed as the sites we have already completed.”
The properties are expected to be handed over in May and will be allocated to people on the housing waiting list.
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.
MP Building Ltd is the building contractor.