Slough homes for Slough people

A small car park is a step closer to be turned into new homes for Slough people.

A 12 car parking spaces at the former Alpha St North car park will become a development of 14 apartments after a developer signed up to deliver the project.

Work on the social housing homes is set to start by the end of the year and be completed by winter 2020.

The one and two bedroom apartments will be delivered by Slough Urban Renewal, SUR, on behalf of Slough Borough Council.

All the apartments will be social housing and will be allocated to people on the housing waiting list which will help to meet the need for more affordable homes in the borough.

SUR has appointed High Wycombe based firm Life Build as the contractor on the project.

David Freer, development manager at Slough Urban Renewal, said: “This site provides yet another example of how SUR is successfully working in partnership with the council to deliver much needed housing for the town.

“This represents a significant milestone and takes us a step closer to building new homes for local people in Slough. We are delighted to now be in a position to move forward.”

The Alpha Street site forms part of the council’s wider ‘small sites’ initiative, which aims to bring sites such as old garages and run down properties into use for new homes.

In 2016, 25 small development sites were identified to be used for building new, and extending existing, council homes.

So far SUR has built over 70 new homes with a further 35 new houses in construction. The total cost allocated to building homes within the small sites programme to date is £25m.

Slough Urban Renewal is a 50:50 joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Limited. It’s purpose is to deliver ambitious objectives to transform the borough of Slough for all.

Cllr Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said there would be 14 new homes for residents of Slough.

He said: “This is really great news for the families of Slough who are currently on the waiting register.

“We are working closely with Slough Urban Renewal to provide good quality accommodation for the benefit of people in the borough.”