Work has started on phase three of Slough Council’s small sites housing programme.
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 are due to 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 beginning which includes redundant garages, empty ground 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.
The new developments are being undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.
The phase three sites are Brook Path, Pendeen Court, Morton Way, Trelawney Avenue, Fox Road, and land adjacent to 7-9 Mansel Close.
Work by SUR is due to start in March with the homes ready for new council tenants by summer 2019.
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 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.”