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Fifty new council homes on the way in Friar Park

Published 20th December 2017

Plans to build 50 new council homes in Friar Park, Wednesbury have moved one step closer with the awarding of a building contract.

The £7 million redevelopment will see the houses and apartments, for rent, built on the council-owned site.

The mix of homes to be built will be made up of 28 two-bedroom houses, 15 three-bedroom houses, three four-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom apartments.

The site was previously occupied by a high-rise block Carisbrooke House and two maisonette blocks which were demolished by the council some years ago.

Following a competitive tendering process, the contract has been awarded to Seddon Construction Limited, Birmingham.

Welcoming the awarding of the contract, Sandwell's cabinet member for housing, Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, said: "I'm very pleased that we have now awarded this contract and we can get on with building these new council homes, which is one of our top priorities.

"This scheme is part of the council's on-going new build programme where we are identifying surplus plots of land and building new council homes on them.

"This will help us to meet the continuing demand for affordable rented properties and increase the council's housing stock."

Work is anticipated to start on site in February 2018 with the homes scheduled to be completed by June 2019.