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A £12.5 million project which will see Dudley Council build homes for private sale is now underway, with the first homes just a stone’s throw away from one of the borough’s top nature spots.
The council is investing in the ground-breaking initiative which will see it build 59 homes for outright sale alongside 20 affordable homes on four sites it currently owns.
Work on the first development, on land along Wren’s Nest Road, Dudley, and within walking distance of world-renowned Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve, is already underway.
It will include eight two-bedroom starter homes, which offer quality and affordable accommodation. Four of the homes are already being marketed off-plan while the remaining four will be offered as an affordable option.
The council has lined up housing partner and local developer Jessup to build the properties on its behalf and is working with local estate agent Billingham Taylor to market the properties.
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, said:
This is the first time in decades we have been in a position to build private homes for outright sale. We know what the demands are in the local housing market and that there is an ever-increasing demand for private and affordable homes.
This is great, as Dudley is a place people want to call home. This project puts us in the driving seat and in control of what we are building and where, with the needs of local people in the forefront of our mind. In recent years we have built hundreds of new council homes and we are now in a position to broaden our approach and take on the role of developer. The homes for private sale will be available at competitive rates but any return on our investment can be ploughed back into future housing provision and the council’s general fund to improve council services for all our residents.
Planning permission for a further 71 homes (55 private and 16 affordable) has been approved on the sites of the former Mere Centre in Stourbridge, Amblecote House on Brettell Lane, Turner House in Dudley and St Thomas’ Network in Dudley. 55 will be available for outright sale and 16 will be affordable.
For further details on the Wenlock Gate development people can call Billingham Taylor’s Dudley office on 01384 234900.
The properties for sale can be found on Right Move
Notes to editors
Dudley Council was awarded £625,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency to demolish existing buildings and clear the four sites mentioned above
A decision sheet to approve changes to the project was taken last month
The decision to progress the project was ratified at a recent meeting of the council’s cabinet