PLANS to build 57 new council homes have been given the go-ahead.
Members of the council’s Planning Applications Committee gave permission for the development in Conwy Close, Tilehurst, at a meeting on Wednesday (9th November).
The proposed development consists of 12 one-bed flats, 22 two-bed flats, nine two-bed houses, six three-bed houses and eight four-bed houses. There will also be public open space and parking for vehicles and bicycles.
The homes will all share a similar traditional Reading red-brick appearance and landscaping will include tree planting, areas of ornamental planting and open spaces incorporating informal play areas.
Funding of £11 million for the project was agreed by the council’s Policy Committee last week and work is due to start on site in the New Year. It is hoped that the new homes will be made available for occupation from the summer of 2019.
Councillor Richard Davies, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Housing, said: “I am very excited about this project which will create 57 permanent, good quality affordable homes for families on low incomes.
“We are determined to do all we can to tackle the housing crisis in Reading despite the tight financial constraints we face due to ongoing government funding cuts.
“I am proud this authority is showing its commitment to providing new affordable housing by pushing ahead with this scheme which will provide much needed good quality, secure council homes.”
The Conwy Close project is one of a number of initiatives the council has to tackle the town’s housing crisis. Other schemes include: the creation of a wholly owned housing company called Homes for Reading which will buy properties and let out a proportion at below-market rents; the construction of 28 temporary homes in Lowfield Road in Caversham; closer co-operation with private landlords through projects such as the Rent Guarantee Scheme and working with organisations to prevent families being made homeless.
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An image of the Conwy Close housing development is available on request.