20th Apr, 2021

Demolition of Bromsgrove's former Burcot Lane Council House to start ahead of new green homes scheme

Tristan Harris 4th Mar, 2021 Updated: 4th Mar, 2021

HEAVY machinery arrived on-site at Burcot Lane this week, ready to bulldoze the buildings to make way for the new housing development.

The former Council House site, which has been derelict since 2015, will make way for 61 properties, including affordable homes.

The go ahead for the scheme, which comprises 18 houses, four maisonettes and 39 apartments, was given last March.

Of the properties, 37 will be for private rent and there will be 18 affordable homes – 12 social rent and six shared-ownership.

Six will be put on the open market.

Bromsgrove District Council leader, Coun Karen May said: “We are delighted to have been able to bring this redevelopment to fruition.

“We recognise a genuine need for more affordable homes in the district and we knew this site would provide an opportunity for us to build some.”

Funding for the project included a £1million grant from the Homes England accelerated construction programme and £610,000 was from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The latter fund came from the Government’s Getting Building Fund and includes green carbon-cutting features.

Among them are an air source heat pump system, removing the need for gas heating and solar panels with battery storage to the houses, cutting electricity bills and cutting the carbon footprint by 80 per cent – as the country strives towards net carbon zero targets.

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