Forest Town bungalow plans will ‘ease housing issues’

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A complex of bungalows have been given the green light by planners, which councillors say could help ease housing issues in Forest Town.

The new homes will be built on a patch of overgrown scrubland, which also houses a community centre and garages.

The community is to be retained, but all of the garages are set to be bulldozed.

Designed on a 0.79 hectare plot, there will be 15 two-bed, and one one-bed home, 12 of which will be semi-detached with four detached.

All but one will have twin parking spaces.

The council-owned homes will be rented to tenants 60 years-old and over.

Coun Derek Evans, portfolio holder for housing strategy and regeneration, and who sits on the planning committee, said: “This is one of the schemes we have been working on for two years now, and there’s a tremendous demand for this type of accommodation in the Forest Town area.

“With an aging population, we’ll see more applications like this in the future.

“I would now like to see the community centre improved and re-decorated to fit in with the development.”

An area of public open space on the site is also set to be developed, with half due to be landscaped and the remainder set aside for an equipped play area.

Nearby residents had, in the past, successfully campaigned to have an old children’s play area removed because of persistent anti-social behaviour.

Following the submission of this latest planning application, more than 10 residents posted objections, while 46 signed a petition.

They raised concerns over noise, disturbance and attracting anti-social behaviour.

However, it was explained that many had signed the petition in respect of a mooted idea to open a pedestrian link from the site to Summerdowns, but that has not been included in the plans.