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New council homes in Creechbarrow Road, Taunton - work starts soon
8:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
PEOPLE on the local authority house waiting list will have more chance of moving into a local authority property when 92 council homes are built in Taunton.
Work is due to start before Christmas on the £11million scheme in Creechbarrow Road, which will see the first new council homes in the town for over 20 years.
Planning permission has been granted for the Taunton Deane Council and Knightstone Housing scheme including flats and family houses on the site of 46 ageing homes, which will be demolished.
The properties, which will range from one-bed flats to six-bed homes and should be completed within two years, will be built to high environmental standards, helping keep heating bills down in winter, and some will be adapted for people with disabilities.
Most of the existing tenants in Creechbarrow Road have already been re-housed and four of them say they want to return to the street to live in some of the new homes.
The council is able to invest in building housing after changes in legislation that enables local authorities to take control of its entire housing rental income.
Cllr Jean Adkins, who holds the housing services portfolio, said: “I’m privileged to be housing portfolio holder at such an exciting time when the council can build the first new council houses for 20 years. We look forward to working with Knightstone to deliver this scheme.”
Mike Day, director of development and homeownership at Knightstone, said: “We’re delighted that this significant scheme in Taunton to provide much needed new affordable housing, has been given the go-ahead.
"We’re looking forward to working in partnership with the council to build highly sustainable homes in the area.”
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