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Work on new council homes soon underway

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Work on the latest homes to be built as part of Dudley Council’s plan to increase the authority’s housing stock will soon get underway.

The council was recently granted planning permission to build a further 35 homes on four sites in the borough which are either former council-owned garage sites or areas of land calling out to be developed.

Dudley Council is committed to a programme of building hundreds of new council homes, with plans in place up to 2023. To date almost 350 new affordable homes have been delivered since the project began back in 2011.

This latest phase of the council’s new homes programme will see 14 houses built on land off Stewarts Road in Halesowen, Eight houses on land off Portway Close in Kingswinford, three houses off Kinfare Rise in Upper Gornal and finally eight houses and three bungalows off Worcester Road in Netherton.

Meanwhile work has recently started to build 6 affordable homes on land off Uplands in Dudley and 16 are also currently under construction in various locations.

A number of projects have also already been completed this year collectively adding 22 new affordable homes to the council’s housing portfolio, in addition to the 70 completed last year.

Current plans envisage the council delivering a total of more than 450 new affordable homes by 2023.  

An update on the local authority’s progress on the project will go to members of the cabinet when it meets later this month (June 27).

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, communities and residents’ welfare, said:

We’ve built hundreds of new homes since we embarked on this project and our commitment is still there to build on the momentum we have created and grow our housing stock further.
We know there is a huge demand for affordable rented properties in our borough, whether that’s from families, singletons or couples of any age. We will continue to do all we can to help as many people as possible to find and create the home they crave.

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