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3 September 2014 – Council chiefs are today (Wednesday) expected to give the green light to a scheme to deliver 100 affordable rent homes on redundant Council sites in Ellesmere Port and Neston.

Members of the Executive will be asked to approve funding for a programme of development on sites surplus to the Council’s requirements – including a former school and hostel – to meet local housing needs.

They are the former Acorns school and Stoak Lodge hostel – which could deliver 12 homes respectively – and Sherbourne Road which is proposed for 10 homes.

A small number of garage sites in Ellesmere Port and Neston could deliver 18 homes while 40 homes are proposed for a further site.

The creation of the affordable homes, which would be added to the Council’s housing stock, is expected to trigger the development of further homes for open market sale on some of the sites.

Two further sites elsewhere in the borough – Woodford Lodge in Winsford and Brook Farm in Tarporley – are also included in the affordable housing programme.

The £21.2m scheme is expected to be funded by a mix of capital receipts and increased borrowing through the Council’s Housing Revenue Account.

Councillor Lynda Jones, Executive Member for Growth and Innovation, said: “This ambitious scheme will make best use of Council land and resources in order to provide much-needed homes for affordable rent and shared ownership.

“At the same time, it will promote and increase housing supply to promote economic growth in the borough.

“Importantly, this scheme will bring significant benefits for our residents, improving the choice of and access to new affordable and market sale homes.”

Local member for Ellesmere Port Town, Councillor Justin Madders, said: “I am pleased to see some much-needed affordable homes are going to be built in Ellesmere Port as we have lost an awful lot in the last 12 months due to changes in the planning rules. Whilst these proposals will see less built than we have already lost in recent times it is a step in the right direction.

“Adding to our housing stock in the town can only help to ensure that the economic and business growth we are currently seeing can be sustained and built upon. It is important that these homes are built on brownfield sites as much as possible in the town centre to aid regeneration. I am also keen that local people are given priority to access them and that they are let at an affordable rent.”