Plans for new council homes in Milton Keynes announced

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MILTON Keynes Council has announced the next step in its plans to build new council homes.

The plans involve tendering for a housing association to act as the council’s Development Agent to get new homes built in Stacey Bushes. The site is the former Briar Lodge site at Snowberry Close.

It has been vacant for some time following the demolition of a council sheltered housing scheme due to low demand and problems with subsidence. The council now plans to deliver between 15 to 20 bungalows for older people, built to full ‘wheelchair standard’.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Peter Geary, said: “This is an exciting time for Milton Keynes Council as we haven’t built any council houses for over 15 years. We will use the money that was to be spent on developing the Fenny Lock site to fund this.

“In addition, changes to the way housing is now funded will allow us to continue with a council house building programme for the foreseeable future.

“While we don’t have all the staff available to do this ‘in-house’, we still want to get on with it and not delay. We estimate that in Milton Keynes there are around 101 households that need wheelchair housing.

“Housing associations are well-placed to do this on our behalf. They have the staff and the expertise and they are interested in building them for us.”

A report will be submitted to the council’s cabinet procurement committee on July 3 recommending that tendering should start in the same month.

If given the go-ahead, work should start on site in March 2013 with the properties being ready for completion in December 2013.