Big changes ahead for two Doncaster housing estates

Doncaster Coun Joe Blackham
Doncaster Coun Joe Blackham

Big changes are ahead for two Doncaster council housing estates.

Fifty properties will be knocked down on the Howard Estate, Wheatley to make way for 83 properties.

Meanwhile, residents of Silverwood House flat block will benefit from the installation of thermal render and window replacements, to the cost of an estimated £1.9 million.

Both proposals were given approval by councillors at the Cabinet meeting yesterday, subject to a review of the funding available.

Speaking about both proposals Councillor for Regeneration and Transportation Joe Blackham said: “It’s the right thing to do for our residents. I’m extremely supportive of this in principle, we need to look at the funding available, but I 100 per cent support it.”

The 50 non-traditional homes on the Howard Estate are spread over four streets; 22 are privately owned and 28 are council properties managed by St Leger Homes.

Under the plans the majority of the houses will be two-bed terrace houses; there will be 40 of those.

Also included in the development will be a one-bed ground floor mobility flat and six four-bed houses which can accommodate seven people.

The plan will increase hosing stock and choice in the area and provide better housing for tenants.

The new homes will improve the look of the area and reduce repair and maintenance costs as these new homes will also be thermally efficient.

Architects Pick Everard have already been brought in to discuss the plans in more detail.

Christine Tolson of St Leger Homes assured councillors that current residents will be asked about their opinions and preferences with regard to the new homes and there will be minimal disruption during the process.

“Decant and clearance will be approached in a phased way. The 50 properties will be split in to more sizeable chunks. Residents will be rehoused in areas of their choice.”

Between 2003 and 2004 £2.5 million was spent upgrading the external appearance of Silverwood House, which was built in the 1960s. However, nothing has been done to date to tackle the thermal inefficiency of the high rise block.

The block comprises 129 flats spread over 17 floors, and most of the residents are elderly.

The installation of thermal render will reduce the cost of living, address fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.

Under the plans the balconies will also be painted.

Kevin Middlebrook of St Leger Homes said there would be a reduction in the building’s lifetime costs due to the “one-hit” approach.

Mayor Ros Jones added that she was pleased with both plans, saying “we have to ensure we look after our elderly people”.