Council presses ahead with building more new council homes


In Summary

General | 2nd September 2019
Sandwell Council is pressing ahead with its plans to build hundreds of much-needed new council homes.

In Detail

Families have already moved into 50 new properties at Carisbrooke Road, Friar Park in Wednesbury and work has started on another 63 new homes at Strathmore Road in Tipton.

Seddon Construction is the council’s partner for both schemes.

The council has committed to investing around £70 million from 2018/19 through to 2020/21 as part of its on-going plans to provide around 600 new council homes.

The £7.5 million scheme at Friar Park, Wednesbury is made up of four two-bedroom apartments, 29 two-bedroom, 15 three-bedroom and three four-bedroom homes.

Work on the project started in March last year and the final homes have just been handed over to tenants.

Matt Simpson who has moved into the one of the new properties - with his wife Sam and two young children Jenson and Logan is delighted with their new home.

“Mr Simpson said: "We previously lived in a flat so it’s great to have a new home with a garden for our family."

Councillor Joanne Hadley, Sandwell's cabinet member for homes, visited the site to see the finished homes and celebrate their handover to the council.

She said:"It’s great to see these beautiful new properties which have been built by Seddon for the council.

“Sandwell’s population is growing so we need to increase the number of affordable homes available to local people so they can create a stable environment for themselves and their families, and feel part of a growing community.”

Funding for the homes at Friar Park has come from the council’s Investment Programme, and Homes England. The homes being built at Strathmore Road have an estimated completion date of Spring 2020.