Work starts on first new council house in Stroud district for more than 30 years

(l-r) Melinda Phillips, David Gough, Cllr Mattie Ross, Sandra Mutton and Peter Stoate at the site where the new council houses will be in Minchinhampton

(l-r) Melinda Phillips, David Gough, Cllr Mattie Ross, Sandra Mutton and Peter Stoate at the site where the new council houses will be in Minchinhampton

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BUILDING work has begun on the first new council house in the Stroud district for more than 30 years.

Thirty-five new homes will be built at The Tynings and Old Common in Minchinhampton on the site of the old Woolaway homes.

A ceremony took place to mark the start of the ground-breaking work on Wednesday.

It was attended by Cllr Mattie Ross, chairman of SDC’s housing committee, Sandra Mutton, chairman of the Stroud Council Housing Forum, which represents council tenants across the district, and Lin Phillips, a former Old Common Woolaway resident who is returning to one of the new houses.

“This is a hugely significant moment,” said Cllr Ross.

“The affordable housing sector has been neglected for years with the losers being local people who have had to move away or rent in the private sector.

“I am very proud that we are one of very few councils directly doing our bit to increase the supply of decent affordable homes.”

The work in Minchinhampton is part of the council’s £15 million programme to build 150 new homes in the next five years in a partnership with Lovell.

The last new council houses to be built in the Stroud district were at John Bevan Close in Uplands in 1983.

No new houses have been built since then, though replacement bungalows have been built on the footprint of post war prefabs.

SDC is the only local authority in Gloucestershire to have retained its housing stock.

The building programme follows a change of Government policy, which allows councils to borrow money against the value of their housing stock.

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1:15pm Sat 22 Feb 14

R. Allan says...

Congratulations! You destroy a whole community to make way for what, 35 council properties and how many private ones?

'the losers being local people who have had to move away or rent in the private sector' .. how many of the original local people are still in the village now, what a joke!
Congratulations! You destroy a whole community to make way for what, 35 council properties and how many private ones? 'the losers being local people who have had to move away or rent in the private sector' .. how many of the original local people are still in the village now, what a joke! R. Allan
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1:52pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Crow says...

I hope some one bedroomed flats are being built.
I hope some one bedroomed flats are being built. Crow
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7:21pm Sat 22 Feb 14

kjag23 says...

I'd have to work for years to afford a house in the desirable Minch, or I could give up now, have a few babies and the council will give me one! Hurrah!
I'd have to work for years to afford a house in the desirable Minch, or I could give up now, have a few babies and the council will give me one! Hurrah! kjag23
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11:21am Sun 23 Feb 14

A Stroud Worm says...

R.Allen: You sound like a "NIMBY". Where should they be built?
R.Allen: You sound like a "NIMBY". Where should they be built? A Stroud Worm
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