South Elmsall housing site to get a £2 million funding boost
Millions of pounds are to be spent on redeveloping a site in South Elmsall after planning permission was granted to demolish a row of empty flats.
The even-number homes on Albany Crescent between number 14 and 48 are to be bulldozed as part of a new scheme to be proposed by Wakefield District Housing (WDH).
Once the buildings have been brought down and the land cleared, the social housing firm is hoping to press ahead with building new homes.
A planning application is yet to be submitted, but the company is looking to build ‘high-quality’ family dwellings on the cleared site.
Sue Young, director of development at WDH: “We are really pleased that our application to demolish the flats on Albany Crescent has been supported by Wakefield Council. There has been significant regeneration in South Elmsall and we want to make sure that the properties we own support these regeneration efforts.
“This is why we have decided to redevelop the area on Albany Crescent.
“Whilst a planning application still needs to be made to support redevelopment of the site, we hope to build a number of high quality, family homes, investing over £2 million in the development.
“Following our decision to demolish the flats, we have been working closely with the remaining residents to find them a new home that meets their individual needs and to make sure that they are satisfied with their new home.
“This work is now complete and our next step will be to carry out all of the necessary safety and environmental checks before demolition begins.
“We would hope to begin the redevelopment towards the end of summer this year.
“We are aware that there has been some anti-social behaviour in the area however, when residents have moved out we have made sure that the properties have been secured to minimise the impact on the wider community.”
The homes due to be demolished were given planning approval in 1978.
They are two-storey in height each having two bedrooms. and sit at the end of a cul-de-sac.