Up to 100 homes to be added to Orchard Park development in Mildane

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Mar 2017

Almost 100 affordable homes will be added to a development in Orchard Park, it has been announced.

The government-run Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has awarded Hull City Council £5.6m to build a total of 126 homes - 91 of them on the estate.

It will pave the way for a second phase of the redevelopment of Mildane, where 86 homes are currently being built on the site of a former tower block.

An additional forty-nine two-bed homes and 42 one-bed homes will now be built by the authority, in partnership with Wates Residential.

The funding will also "support delivery" of 35 new council homes planned at Southcoates Lane.

Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for infrastructure and housing, welcomed the funding.

He said: "This is great news, and the fact that we have been able to negotiate our highest ever rate of grant lets us get back on track towards fulfilling one of the council's major priorities, which is building more affordable new homes in well-designed neighbourhoods.

GOING, GOING, GONE: Mildane and Ashthorpe tower blocks were demolished in 2013.

Cllr Terry Geraghty, who represents the Orchard Park and Greenwood ward, added: "It's magnificent news. Tower blocks were built because the council got more government grant for them. They were beautiful when they went up, but I would have preferred houses."

Crucially, the new-builds will be affordable, said Cllr Geraghty.

"A lot of young people are struggling to get on the housing ladders," he said. "So this latest development is great news. Cllr Black has done a great job."

Mildane and neighbouring Ashthorpe were demolished using 6kg of explosives in August 2013.

Hull City Council's draft local plan sets out the need to build 675 new homes a year to meet demand and so-called Area Action Plans were agreed in 2011.

However, the introduction of the local housing allowance cap and rent reductions in 2015 meant that Phase 2 of the Orchard Park development was put on hold. The £5.6m funding from the HCA's Affordable Homes programme effectively puts the programme back on track.

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