Goodbye to 70 year old White House Bungalows

White House bungalows on Thornes Road which are being demolished and replaced with houses.

White House bungalows on Thornes Road which are being demolished and replaced with houses.

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BUNGALOWS, which had provided homes for residents for more than 70 years, came crashing down this week.

Bulldozers moved in to tear apart the 24 properties on Thornes Road on Monday.

And it is expected to take around seven weeks before the White House Bungalows are fully demolished.

The Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) owned buildings could be replaced with 20 two and three- bedroom houses, subject to planning permission.

WDH area manager Mark Trafford said all affected tenants were spoken to on a one-to-one basis to offer them assistance to find alternative accommodation.

All tenants found new homes and the buildings have been empty for a few months.

Mr Trafford said: “We are demolishing the bungalows so we can provide more affordable family homes in the local area.

“The bungalows were very small and weren’t energy efficient, so they became very difficult to let.

“We intend to replace them with 20 two and three bedroom houses, which will be available at affordable rents and allocated through our Homesearch scheme.”

A planning application is currently with Wakefield Council for the proposal to replace the bungalows with houses.

In a design and access statement WDH said the properties had become “dated” and “inappropriate” for their requirements.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “I preferred the knowledge that is was predominately older people living in the bungalows, rather than having the worry of how the development will turn out and who will live there.

“It is also a worry about the standard of housing, with the potential impact it may have on the desirability of other homes within the area.”