Community Projects | 12 January 2017
New homes for people on the housing waiting list are being built across the borough as work starts on the council’s small sites.
Slough Borough Council has identified 24 small development sites which will now be used for building new, and extending existing, council homes. In total 120 new properties will be built in a series of phases.
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.
Phase one of the small sites includes four sites in the Wexham Court area of Slough:
Land adjacent to 1 The Cherries -New two storey detached house and improved parking for the new property and 1 The Cherries
23 Mansel Close and adjacent land - New two storey, disability-accessible house and ground floor extension to the existing property at number 23
93 Bryant Avenue - Extension to existing property providing two new bedrooms, creating a four-bedroom property and improvements to kitchen, living and utility areas, garden access and other amenities.
Land adjacent to 116 The Frithe - New two storey, two bedroom detached house and improved parking for the new property and 116 The Frithe
Work is starting on the sites now and is expected to be complete in July 2017.
Councillor Zaffar Ajaib, commissioner for housing and urban renewal, said: “These four small sites are just the start of our strategy to utilise small plots of land – garages, derelict properties and infill – to provide desperately needed, quality council homes for people of our town.
“With 120 new properties being built just in these small sites, alongside ones in the SUR’s new developments like Milestone and Wexham Green, we will be offering even more people on our waiting list access to decent quality affordable homes.”
Andy Howell, General Manager at Slough Urban Renewal said, “This initiative provides an excellent example of how we can transform currently derelict, and unused properties - bringing them back to life while at the same time improving neighbourhoods and providing much needed housing.
“By taking every opportunity to adapt and enhance existing homes as well as delivering new properties where feasible, we are helping to meet the direct needs of the borough’s residents.
“We are really excited to see works start on site in earnest this month and look forward to the successful delivery of this and future phases of this broader regeneration plan.”