Council backs bungalow scheme


(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years.

Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city.

In partnership with Westward, this 100 per cent affordable housing scheme will see four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom bungalows built on the site, which will go some way to addressing the shortfall of low-cost, accessible housing for Plymouth residents.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development said: “We promised to not only increase affordable homes in the city, but also promised more housing for our older residents. These five accessible bungalows are a big step towards those goals.

“I am delighted that this disused site will be transformed into a fantastic community of social rented housing in Ham.

“My thanks to the team at Westward Housing who are helping to make this possible and I look forward to further bungalow developments in the New Year.”

Jill Gregg, Executive Director for Westward, said: “We have worked in partnership with Plymouth City Council for a number of years now and Westward is very pleased to be able to provide more affordable homes in the city for local people.”

The Sure Start Centre has been vacant since May 2015 and when the old buildings were deemed surplus to requirements, the site was identified as the perfect place for new homes.

Negotiations to transfer ownership of the land to Westward for a token fee are now underway.

Planning permission will be sought in early 2019 with building hoped to begin before the autumn.