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Empty houses in Tividale set for demolition

Published 8th September 2017

Two empty old houses in Tividale are set to be demolished to make way for new properties as part of Sandwell Council’s drive to build more council homes.

The council’s land and asset management committee, which meets on 14 September, will consider plans to demolish two adjoining houses at the junction of Longbank Road and Ashleigh Road.

The council would then carry out a study to see if it’s cost effective to build new council homes for rent on the site.

The semi-detached homes set for demolition became vacant and unlettable after becoming structurally unsound.

Councillor Paul Moore the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment, said: “We are already building 635 new council homes across Sandwell – and this site might be suitable for new homes in addition to those 635. 

“This would help provide more much-needed affordable housing in this area.

“Demolishing these uninhabitable old council houses and redeveloping the site with modern housing would also significantly improve the look of the area and deter anti-social behaviour.”

If the site is not suitable for building council homes, the land would be sold on the open market.

If the committee agrees to the demolition proposal, its recommendation will go to the council’s cabinet on 18 October for consideration.