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Approval for major investment in Sompting homes

Released: Tuesday, 08 January 2019

A major investment programme to upgrade and improve social housing in Sompting has been given the green light.

Adur District Council's Planning Committee unanimously approved the proposals for a range of works to upgrade 15 blocks of flats in Millfield at a meeting last night (Monday 7th January 2018).

Contractors will now be appointed to carry out a range of improvements which will improve resident safety as well as the visual appearance of the 1960s properties.

It is the first stage in a multi-million pound investment programme by the Council's housing arm Adur Homes to ensure its housing stock is modern and fit-for-purpose for its thousands of tenants.

Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“I'm delighted that these plans to upgrade properties in Millfield have been approved by the planning committee.”

“As a council we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure people across our communities have safe, warm places they can call home.”

“That is why along with building new properties we are investing millions of pounds in our existing stock so that the properties meet the standards and expectations of our thousands of tenants.”

A report presented to the planning committee said the current blocks in Millfield had deteriorated due to vandalism, misuse and wear and tear over a number of years.

The application proposed replacement work and repairs on 15 of the blocks including new 'Secure by Design' doors and windows along with modern easy-to-use door access controls.

A similar cladding to the one currently in place will also be installed on the outside of the buildings along with brickwork repointing, concrete repairs, and the replacement of drains and roof coverings.

The project is part of a multimillion pound capital investment programme across Adur Homes properties with more than £16 million allocated between 2019 and 2022. Funding comes from capital receipts from the sale of council homes, borrowing and reserves.

Councillor Carol Albury, Chairman of Adur District Council's Planning Committee, said:

“The Committee are pleased to see this investment in the council's housing stock and recognises that the work included in the proposal will not only lead to an improvement to the properties and safety of tenants, but also improve the visual impact of the wider area.”

“For that reason we were delighted to give this proposal unanimous approval.”

(PR19-007)

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