Multi-million pound revamp of Wokingham's Eustace Crescent on the cards

Published: 28 Jan 2014 17:300 comments

THE potential £13m rebuilding of council homes in Wokingham could move a step nearer on Thursday.

THE potential £13m rebuilding of council homes in Wokingham could move a step nearer tomorrow on Thursday.

Borough bosses believe the proposal – featuring 68 homes and 96 parking spaces – will help create a flagship community in Eustace Crescent.

The existing homes there are run-down and the area has been dubbed 'Useless Crescent’ by locals.

The design plan has been modified following public

consultations and will be considered by Wokingham Borough Council’s executive.

The new Eustace Crescent – which will be renamed via a public competition being launched shortly – will boast a range of modern homes from one-bedroom flats to four bedroom houses, each with their own 'private amenity space’ or garden.

Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for general planning and affordable housing, said: “This is an exciting stage of this project, the beginning of things moving up a gear.

“Many thanks to everyone who took part in our consultation last year and the one earlier this month.

“Your input and feedback and ideas have been invaluable to help us fine tune the plans to make sure we get the very best for the existing

esidents on Norreys Estate and also their new neighbours.”

He added it is hoped the scheme will also create a community where residents feel proud of where they live.

If the executive approves the outline produced by Wokingham Housing Ltd, it will form the basis of a planning application which could be submitted within the next few weeks. Building work could start later this year.

There are likely to be

different rents for tenants of the new council homes, according to their financial circumstances, though the charges will still all be below the market rate.

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