WORK on the first council homes built in Gosport for 30 years is due to start next month.
A contractor has been chosen to redevelop the bungalows off St Vincent Road.
We would like to see the old bungalows demolished as quickly as possible and the new houses being built in the early part of next year.Cllr Mark Hook
Sixteen new homes will replace the current 12 properties with the work carried out by Drew Smith.
The bungalows will be demolished at the beginning of December, with construction work expected to start in the new year.
As previously reported in The News, permission to build the homes, which will be two-bedroom and three-bedroom properties, was given last year. The project will cost £2.5m.
Council leader Cllr Mark Hook said: ‘I’m really happy that at least we can get the work started.
‘We would like to see the old bungalows demolished as quickly as possible and the new houses being built in the early part of next year.
‘We have a shortage of two-bedroom council homes so we are building the right types of homes.’
The site will soon have hoarding and security fencing put up around the perimeter in preparation for the first phase of work to begin.
But before any work starts a survey of the road condition and surrounding houses will be done.
Councillor Graham Burgess, chairman of the community board, said it was great news that the council could start with the redevelopment.
‘We’re delighted to be in the position of building these new council houses,’ he said.
‘These are the first for Gosport Borough Council in nearly 30 years, at a time when affordable accommodation is in such great demand.
‘With the contractor selected and planning approved, we can now look forward to work starting on site to provide some long awaited and much-needed affordable housing.’
Once Drew Smith is on site, all relevant contact information will be prominently displayed for residents who have any queries or concerns.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.