Work starts on £3.9m homes for North Bransholme estate
WORK has begun to build the first new homes in North Bransholme for 40 years.
The plans for 54 affordable homes on the estate were approved by planning officers in July.
The new houses are being built on sites at Saddleworth Close and Pennine Way as part of a five-year, £15m regeneration programme by the Riverside social housing group.
The development has been welcomed by both councillors and residents.
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Councillor Anita Harrison, who represents the estate, said there is a shortage of rentable housing across Hull and this is something the area desperately needs.
She said: "The development is another step in the right direction for North Bransholme.
"It is a lot of disruption for residents in the area but, in the long run, it is going to be fantastic.
"I feel sorry for residents but we are asking them to just bear with us. It will be brilliant once it's finished."
The £3.9m development will include two, three and four-bedroom properties as well as a number of two bedroom bungalows, all of which will be available to rent.
Janet McCoid, chairwoman at North Bransholme Community Centre, said it will transform the estate.
She said: "The amount of work that has already been done on the estate is great and these new houses are a very exciting addition.
"They will help improve the physical appearance of the estate and provide much needed housing to the area."
Riverside took over responsibility for all council housing on the estate in 2010 after tenants voted in favour of a new landlord.
Andrew Williamson, of Riverside Housing Association, said the housing group's aim was to make an immediate effect on the appearance of the estate.
He said: "These new properties will enable us to widen our choice of accommodation for our tenants, helping transform their lives and enabling us to revitalise the neighbourhood in which they live."
Designed by Croft Goode Architects, the homes will be energy-efficient and include heat recovery and rainwater harvesting systems.
David Croft, a director at the company, said: "This development will enhance the existing housing stock in the North Bransholme area, regenerating a key gateway to the estate.
"It also shows the commitment from the Riverside Housing Association to improve the quality of affordable housing in the local area."
The work is due to be finished in July.