Housing badly needed says Swinton ward member

Coun Ken Wyatt supports new affordable housing scheme.
Coun Ken Wyatt supports new affordable housing scheme.

News that 29 affordable homes are to be built in Swinton for the first time in three years has been welcomed by one of the area’s ward councillors.

Coun Ken Wyatt praised Rotherham Borough Council and Arches Housing Association, which aims to build 25 new properties at Brameld Road and four more affordable homes at Brookfield Avenue, with work starting by September.

The plans are currently going through the planning process, but Coun Wyatt is optimistic that work will start soon.

In the application statement for the Brameld Road housing plan on the Rotherham Borough Council website, affordable housing officer, Elizabeth Hunt said: “This is a wholly affordable housing scheme where all 25 units will be delivered as affordable housing in perpetuity via one of the council’s housing association partners. Therefore, the development more than complies with the current affordable housing plan policy.”

The Brameld Road site will consist of three, three bedroom general let houses, 12, two bedroom general let houses, seven, two bedroom over 55s bungalows, one, three bedroom over 55s bungalow and two, two bedroom wheelchair bungalows with four more affordable homes planned for Brookfield Avenue.

Coun Wyatt said: “This is great news. The last affordable homes built in Swinton were at Cliff Bank and Brookfield Avenue three years ago. Hopefully this gives people in the area a chance of getting on the housing ladder within the price they can afford.”

He added: “It’s rare that land becomes available for affordable housing so this is really welcome.”