Council bid for 150 new homes

NDET 15-6-12 TW 12 The bungalows at Killamarsh to be redeveloped l to r Stella & Wilf Nightingale
NDET 15-6-12 TW 12 The bungalows at Killamarsh to be redeveloped l to r Stella & Wilf Nightingale

An ambitious scheme to build 150 new council homes has been revealed.

An ambitious scheme to build 150 new council homes has been revealed.

Properties could be built in Eckington and Killamarsh as part of NE Derbyshire District Council’s long term plans to provide high quality social housing in the district.

The scheme involves demolishing 94 post-war bungalows off Sheffield Road in Killamarsh and Pitt Street in Eckington and replacing them with properties for rent.

The existing ‘Tarran’ bungalows were built following the Second World War and have serious long term structural problems.

Resident Stella Nightingale, 71, of Killmarsh, said: “One of our main problems is keeping the place warm. They were built around 1945 and there isn’t any insulation.

“We are looking forward to the development and most of our neighbours feel the same. We heard last week that it was actually going to happen and hope work will start in the spring.”

Over the past year the council has carried out structural tests on the properties which have revealed the need for major renovation works.

Cllr Betty Hill, the council’s member for housing, said: “Providing good quality housing in NE Derbyshire is one of our top priorities. This is a tremendous opportunity to build new council homes and help those people on our housing waiting list.

“We considered very carefully the best way forward for the Tarran bungalows but decided that investing millions of pounds trying to bring them up to modern housing standards would not be the best use of resources.”