First new council homes in 15 years

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Councillors have taken a major step closer to building council houses in the borough, for the first time in more than 15 years.

On March 5, the Cabinet Procurement Committee agreed to award a tender to a housing association to build 12 new bungalows suitable for people of all ages.

The properties, to be built in Briar Hill, Stacey Bushes, will be constructed for wheelchair users.

They will be owned and managed directly by Milton Keynes Council, and will be a mix of one and two bedroom bungalows.

Cabinet Member responsible for Communities, Councillor Peter Geary, said: “This is a major step forward for us.

“When the Government changed the way council housing is funded, it meant that for the first time in many years we no longer faced getting penalised for building new homes.

“So we’ve been working on these plans for some time as we know that there are over 100 households in Milton Keynes that need wheelchair standard housing.

“And these dozen properties will be just a start. Currently we are working on plans to build more new homes over the coming years. We are looking at a number of sites such as old disused garage areas and sites in regeneration areas as well as land that we’ve taken on from the Homes and Communities Agency.”

The next step will be to discuss the plans for the Briar Hill site in more detail and then apply for planning permission. If agreed, it is hoped work could start as early as the summer, to be completed by winter, with the first residents moving in shortly afterwards.