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Work starts on £7.5m council housing scheme at Friars Park in Wednesbury

Work has started on a £7.5 million project to build 50 new council homes for Sandwell Council.

Celebrating the start of work on the £7.5m Friar Park council housing scheme in Wednesbury

Seddon, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned contractors, has begun work on the development in Wednesbury.

Located on Carisbrooke Road, Friar Park, the site is being developed in partnership with Sandwell Council.

The development will be made up of four two-bedroom apartments, 28 two-bedroom houses, 15 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses.

Duncan Williams, housing director at Seddon, said: “Delivering quality new-build properties that enhance the community together with our local authority partners is central to what we do.

“Friar Park will bring a range of affordable housing into the Sandwell area for local residents and we look forward to bringing the scheme to life.”

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for housing, visiting the site with local councillors said: “It’s good news that work is starting on another housing development in Sandwell.

“This is another example of the council working with a partner such as Seddon Construction to increase the quantity and choice of housing in Sandwell.

“Schemes like this are part of the council’s wider affordable housing development programme to increase the number of council-owned homes available.

“By the end of March this year, we will have created around 200 much-needed new council homes with around another 400 in the pipeline during the next two years.”

The site was previously occupied by a high-rise block, Carisbrooke House and two maisonette blocks which were demolished by the council some years ago.

The homes are scheduled to be completed by June 2019.