REDDITCH Borough Council is building its own new council houses for the first time in 27 years.
Work to build 19 new homes for affordable rent on Edgeworth Close in Church Hill, Redditch, is set to begin this summer.
Planning permission was approved for the homes in July and the council has now selected J Harper and Sons to build them after a competitive procurement process.
The three bungalows, six two-bedroom homes and ten three-bedroom homes will be the first built by the borough council itself since bungalows on Eathorpe Close and Sedgeley Close in 1994.
“Bungalows are especially in need, and in demand, for those elderly or disabled people who are in a house that’s too large for their needs,” said Councillor Craig Warhurst, the authority’s portfolio holder for housing.
“And of course there is a knock on effect when a larger property vacated by a person moving into a bungalow or more suitable accommodation becomes available for another family.
“The benefits of this new social housing development will ripple out across the community.”
Simon Deakin, construction director for J Harper and Sons added: “We are delighted to be working with Redditch Borough Council to bring much needed affordable housing to the area.”
The borough council rents out just under 5,800 council homes in Redditch, and other registered providers rent out around 2,000 more. There are more than 1,500 applications for social housing currently lodged on the borough’s housing register.
Council Leader, Coun Matt Dormer, said: “This is the first build but it won’t be the last.
“Council houses are a precious, limited resource in high demand, and we continue to actively search for places the council can build more, to increase our local stock and house more local residents.”