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Pioneering housing project gathers pace

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Dudley Council’s pioneering project to build private homes for sale for the first time in decades is gathering pace.

Builders are now on site at the Mill Grange development, off Mere Road in Norton, where 18 high-quality homes will be built as part of the council’s multi-million pound private homes for sale project.

The homes are within a few minutes’ walk of Stourbridge town centre and Mary Stevens Park and close to excellent schools in the area.

Of the 18 two, three and four bedroom homes, 14 will be for private sale and four offered as an affordable option.

There has been significant interest from the public, with four properties already reserved for sale.

Councillor Keiran Casey, cabinet member for housing and residents’ welfare, said:

Moving into the private sector was a bold decision for the council. However, it has been one which has given us an opportunity to contribute to the local housing market and create a return on our investment, which could be ploughed into funding council services for the benefits of all residents.
We’ve been able to use pockets of land at our disposal, ensuring we get best value for money to create homes which, I’m pleased to see, have already sparked considerable interests from residents.”

Work is also underway to build 33 homes on the Castle Court development (site of the former St Thomas’ Network) in Dudley and 20 homes on the Red House Mews site (the former Amblecote House) on Brettell Lane, 10 of which are already reserved for sale.

Eight homes were recently completed on the Wenlock Gate development, four have been sold and the others rented.

The Mill Grange and Red House Mews homes will be marketed by the Lee Shaw Partnership and the Castle Court homes via Billingham & Co’s Dudley office.

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