Telford flats to be knocked down for new homes
Work has begun to demolish a block of disused flats in Telford to make way for 35 new houses and bungalows.
The construction at Oak Close in Madeley will provide 81 jobs including five apprenticeships, and will be completed in August 2019.
Telford & Wrekin Councillor Paul Watling took part in a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the process yesterday.
Councillor Watling said the new houses and bungalows will be welcomed in Madeley.
“Local people are really pleased that the new houses and bungalows are being built. We have been planning these improvements with the Wrekin Housing Trust for a while, and I’m pleased to be here at the first stage of the process and see the work begin," he said.
“It is good to see that bungalows are part of the development as this is something that is needed in Madeley.
"Madeley is a new town and these flats were built before then, so it is great to see these new properties being built – especially as Telford celebrates its 50th anniversary.”
The new properties planned for the site include four two-bed bungalows and a mixture of one, two and three-bed houses. On completion they will be available for rent from the Wrekin Housing Trust.
The new homes are to be built by Manton Building Contractors for the housing trust.
Head of property at The Wrekin Housing Trust, Dave Hall, said: “We constantly strive to update our properties to meet the changing needs and expectations of Telford residents. The flats fulfilled their purpose for a lot of years but the time has come to replace them with modern accommodation that suits the families of today.
“These new houses will contribute to the evolution of Telford as a whole.”
Sheila and Eric Hockenhull have lived in their house on Oak Close since 1972 and said it is a relief to see the build get underway.
Sheila said: “When we moved to the street the flats were fine, but over time they became run down. It will be nice to have them replaced with bungalows and houses, it will help to give a lift to this part of Madeley.”