£660k extra's needed to replace Woolaways
AN extra £660,000 is being ploughed into the redevelopment of the crumbling Woolaway council houses.
It will go to Stroud District Council and Lovell Partnerships' scheme to demolish and replace defective homes in Minchinhampton.
A start on the site at Old Common and The Tynings is expected early in the new year with the first houses ready before the end of 2013.
The new funding comes on top of the £1million already budgeted for the project. It will pay for building the homes at an enhanced level of sustainability and for designing some so their lofts could be converted into further bedrooms.
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Increased costs of diverting utilities on the site are also included.
Coun Mattie Ross (Lab and Co-op, Stonehouse), the council's executive policy lead for housing, told the cabinet said: "This has many positive attributes, including green measures which will reduce bills for our tenants.
"I am very much looking forward to seeing all the hard work that has gone into this project become a reality."
The Woolaways were built after the Second World War as temporary homes to meet a national housing crisis.
But 60 years later the precast reinforced concrete houses are no longer fit for habitation because metal rods in the walls are corroding.
Forty Woolaways, five of them privately-owned, are to be replaced by 35 council houses and 31 homes for sale on the open market.
All but one of the five privately-owned Woolaways have been bought back by the council to enable the scheme.
A compulsory purchase order for the fifth has been agreed while negotiations with the owner continues.
The extra £660,000 is being found this financial year from other Woolaways redevelopment schemes in the district.
In future, funding will come from self-financing borrowing headroom in the council's medium-term financial plan.