Prefab bungalows to be demolished

The first post war Tarran Bungalow on the Estate in Eckington has been demolished to make way for a new N.East Derbys Council House rebuilding scheme.
The first post war Tarran Bungalow on the Estate in Eckington has been demolished to make way for a new N.East Derbys Council House rebuilding scheme.

Plans to knock down nine post-war prefabricated bungalows and erect 15 new bungalows and 10 houses in their place have been approved.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s planning committee voted through the proposals from Rykneld Homes, which will see the old bungalows on land off Keats Way, Scott Close and Westhill Lane in Grassmoor replaced with 25 new energy efficient properties.

Cllr Betty Hill, the council’s member for housing, said: “This decision confirms our ambition to provide good quality, affordable housing across the district.

“We have been working very hard to get these properties replaced for some time now and this new development will not only improve some of our housing stock, but more importantly, provide our tenants with a better, more energy efficient and cost effective one.”

The one hectare site is the third such redevelopment the council has undertaken, with work already underway on sites in Eckington and Killamarsh.

The old bungalows are difficult to heat for tenants, hard to maintain and some properties are showing long term structural defects but will be replaced with new, modern and energy efficient properties.

At the meeting, on October 22, the committee heard that Rykneld Homes – the council’s strategic partner for housing – had been working with existing tenants on the design of the new properties and the site in general and will also meet the wider housing need for good affordable accommodation.

Cllr Nigel Barker, chair of Rykneld Homes, said “We are very excited at the prospect of more quality homes being built in our district – which is great news for the people of North East Derbyshire.”

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