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Council's latest homes plan to include houses for people with disabilities

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Portsmouth City Council 2016Portsmouth City Council is looking at plans to build 16 new council owned homes on a long empty site in Doyle Avenue.

If approved, the plans for the land cleared following the demolition of Northern Parade Clinic, would include houses adapted for people with disabilities.

Cllr Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing, said the plans were part of the council's commitment to building good quality housing at the prices that Portsmouth people can afford.

"People with a need for specifically adapted homes can face a long wait for housing because there are limited properties available within our city to meet the needs of these households," Cllr Sanders added.
"One of the most important things we are doing as a council is that we are working to provide a mix of homes to meet the varied needs of everybody in this city.
We are committed to dealing with our city's housing shortage and sites like this are vital to what we are trying to achieve.
People living near this site have been asking for a long time what is happening and I will ensure that we engage local residents and their elected councillors about the plans."

As well as 3 x four-bedroom disabled adapted houses, the proposals, which will be put to Cllr Sanders for a decision on 30th July, will include 9 x two-bedroom flats and 4 x three-bedroom houses.

The disabled adapted homes will be allocated to specific families and specifically designed for their needs. The remaining units will be allocated through the council's housing register.

Cllr Sanders said: "These plans are obviously subject to planning permission but we are confident that we can use this site, which has been vacant for too long, to build new homes for Portsmouth as quickly as possible. It runs alongside our plans to use council land to build new homes on other sites across Portsmouth and the many other measures we are taking to help provide more homes."

The council has also started work on 23 x one-and-two-bedroom flats on the former Southsea Community Centre site, in King Street, Southsea.

To find out more about the council's housing development programme, call the strategic developments team on 02392 834 954.

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