Stoke-on-Trent City Council is investing £1.6 million in the development of new affordable housing alongside specially adapted bungalows for families in need.
Two former garage sites off Fallowfield and Pembridge Road will be turned into a total of 11 three-bedroom homes, including a bungalow at each location.
Phased work on both Blurton sites will start at the end of May, with completion for Fallowfield expected in April next year, and Pembridge Road in June 2020.
The £1.6 million scheme will be funded by a combination of Right to Buy receipts and funds from the city council’s housing revenue account.
Stoke-on-Trent-based firm Kettle & Talbot has been appointed to carry out the construction.
Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “The development of these sites is great news for Blurton and for the city as a whole as there is a real need for affordable housing of this size in this area.
“The latest population projections by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people living in the city is expected to rise to 255,800 by 2020. We need more affordable homes to meet that demand.
“Meeting the demand is even more important as the number of council properties is reducing through people taking advantage of the Government’s Right to Buy scheme.
“Developing these sites will be good news for two reasons. We can address the housing demand, and also enhance the appearance of the area.”
The city council has been working with local charity The Donna Louise Children’s and Young People’s Hospice, which has highlighted a need for the bungalows on the two sites.
Angela Ward, children and families social worker at the charity, said: “The Donna Louise brought to Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s attention the urgent need for accessible, adapted and adaptable housing for families with life-limited children and young people.
“The Donna Louise, the city council and other agencies are pleased to be working together to attempt to address this particular need which has recently been recognised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, as a hidden crisis in the housing market nationally.”
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