Tape Lane Hurst – Wokingham Social Housing
Six former council homes on Tape Lane,Hurst have now been demolished and early in the new year, construction willstart on 11 much needed, new, social rent homes. The new homes are funded byWokingham Borough Council.
Ahead of the fast approachingChristmas period, contractors have been working to clear and prepare land atTape Lane in Hurst ready for construction to start in early 2019.
The council-owned site achievedplanning permission in October 2017 to knock down six non-traditional built councilhomes that failed to meet the Decent Homes Standard. The tenants have been re-allocatedhomes elsewhere in the borough.
The start of activity at Tape Lanemarks a milestone achievement for the council as it returns to the business ofbuilding good quality, traditional council housing for the first time in morethan a decade. The 11 new houses will consist of a mix of two and three bedroomhomes as well as one four bedroom bungalow.
The site demolition and futuredevelopment is being overseen by the council-owned development company WokinghamHousing (WHL).
Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, deputy leaderof the council, said: “The provision of good quality, affordable and socialhousing across the Borough is of the upmost importance to the council. TapeLane is an excellent example of how we can take something that is old and nolonger fit for purpose and then deliver new homes that are in line with needand built to a specification that will last for future generations.”Uponcompletion the properties will be owned and maintained within the council’shousing and revenue account (HRA).