Council gets permission to build five new family homes as the drive to 2,000 continues

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Five new council houses are set to be built on the site of the former Stepney Library in Sidney Street after planning permission was granted by the Development Committee.

All five homes will have three bedrooms and private gardens, making them ideal for the families that will occupy them. Two of the houses will be adapted for wheelchair users.

Mayor John Biggs said: “We know that the availability of social housing, particularly larger properties for families, is an issue of great concern for our residents.

“I have pledged to deliver 2,000 council homes by 2022. We are already well on the way to achieving this ambitious goal and I am delighted that these five new homes will be added to our total.”

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The council’s draft budget sets aside £332m for new council housing schemes and temporary accommodation. We hope to secure planning permission for three more sites in the next two months.

Cllr Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Air Quality, said: “We have recognised the housing challenge that our residents face and we are delivering on our promise to address it.

“We will not deliver the number of homes our residents need through large schemes alone. We need to seize opportunities to build council housing on smaller more innovative sites as we have with these five new family homes, and I’m delighted this includes two wheelchair accessible homes serving the needs of our most vulnerable residents.”

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Posted on Tuesday 29th January 2019