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£421,000 boost for new affordable homes across the district

Published: Thursday, 21 October, 2021

New homes for affordable rent and shared ownership are coming to communities across the district.

Thanks in part to £421,000 from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, Stroud District Council’s £10million programme for 49 new homes will see the first builds completed by late next year or early 2023.

They will replace outdated homes or be built on a former garage site.

Schemes in Gloucester Street/Bradley Street, Wotton-under-Edge (8 new homes), Orchard Road, Ebley (5 new homes), Cambridge House, Dursley (13 new homes) and Glebelands, Cam (23 new homes) – 49 new homes in total – will provide a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership.

The funding will be used to facilitate the demolition of existing structures at Gloucester Street/Bradley Street, Cambridge House & Glebelands.  The funding will also cover the cost of constructing access roads at Glebelands and Orchard Road.

Orchard Road is a former garage site, and the programme will replace 4 homes in Wotton, 16 in Dursley and 33 in Ebley. There will be a slightly smaller number of replacement homes overall because some currently there are small bedsits or flats.

“There is an acute need for affordable housing in our district - providing affordable homes is a key strategic objective in the Council’s draft Council Plan for the next five years,” said SDC Housing Committee chair Mattie Ross.

“While we have built 242 council homes between 2014 and 2019, and facilitated more social housing with external partners, we will always want to provide more good quality homes for people who desperately need them.”

The funding is part of almost £58 million from the £75 million Brownfield Land Release Fund, has been allocated to 53 councils by the Department for Levelling Up,Housing & Communities.

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