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Bungalow extension scheme to free up council homes to become annual programme

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing

Bungalow extension scheme to free up council homes to become annual programme Bungalow extension scheme to free up council homes to become annual programme

A scheme to extend one-bedroom bungalows in Sandwell to free-up council homes for families in under-occupied houses is to become an annual programme.

The project started in August 2012, when Sandwell Borough Council's housing boss, Councillor Simon Hackett, announced plans for 12 of the borough’s one-bed bungalows to be extended into two-bedroom homes.

Even though the plans were only recently announced, two pilot projects have been successfully completed and the remaining ten have been tendered to local contractors.

"Work is already under way to deliver the remaining bungalow extensions,” said Cllr Hackett. "I know that tenants feel that this is a very worthwhile scheme and can see the benefits of making the most of our family houses for the good of everyone.

"The local Housing Service Centre will be offering these to tenants in the local area who may be living in houses with two or more bedrooms and are living on their own or as a couple."

"From April there will be an annual programme of bungalow extensions to help with under-occupancy and make family homes available to those needing them most.

"This will help create a chain reaction as many of the tenants who move into family homes free-up flats which tenants on the waiting list can move into."

The council took direct control of housing services from Sandwell Homes at the beginning of the year.

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