Council unveils new affordable housing development
Tenants joined Councillors recently to celebrate the completion of a new development of 12 affordable homes for rent at Lockside, Slyfield Green.
Lockside, which took just over a year to complete, comprises eight two-bed and four three-bedroom houses. Guildford Borough Council has acted as the developer for the scheme with Francis Construction Ltd being the main building contractor. The Council has retained ownership of the houses and they have been added to its existing housing stock.
The site on which the houses at Lockside have been built was formally a disused social club, which was in a poor condition and despite efforts made in marketing the building, it could not be re-let. This enabled the Council to re-use the brownfield site to provide much needed affordable housing within the borough.
Speaking of the development, Lead Councillor for Housing and Environment Cllr Philip Brooker, said: "Lockside is a clear demonstration of how Guildford Borough Council is seeking to address the supply of houses with affordable rents."
Cllr Brooker added: "Lockside is the third development scheme the Council has completed since reinvigorating its housing development programme in 2014. So far we have delivered 77 new homes and have a number of other schemes already in the pipeline."
In addition to the completed properties at Lockside, there are 21 dwellings being built on a number of small infill sites, such as former garage blocks. These should be completed next summer.
The Council currently has tenders out for two more schemes, consisting of 18 flats on the site of the former Apple Tree pub in Southway and 12 flats on land adjacent to the fire station on Ladymead. The Ladymead development has recently been granted conditional planning permission, subject to the completion of a Statement of Intent. It is intended that both schemes will be constructed in 2018/2019.
In the longer term, the Council currently has planning permission for 160 dwellings on the site of Guildford Park Car Park. This is a mixed-use development, which includes a new multi-storey car park and commercial space. Of the 160 units, 40% will be affordable dwellings. This scheme is planned for completion in 2021.
Pictured above: Cllr Philip Brooker; Philip O'Dwyer - Director Community Services (GBC); Cllr Angela Gunning - Councillor for Stoke Ward; residents Toby Nichols, Mark Rogan and Alfie Rogan; Rachel Dawson - New Homes Delivery Officer (GBC); Paul Southon and Nick Hale from Francis Construction.
Published on Tuesday 18 July.