Modern luxury living? This is what council houses look like in 2018
It could have come straight out of a brochure of a luxury housing development in the suburbs – but this is actually council housing in Wolverhampton in 2018.
The modern homes are part of a new housing development built on the site of a former school in Ashmore Park – and it’s not what you might expect from a typical council house in the city.
Complete with stylish interiors, the properties are likely to be highly sought.
And families will now be given the chance to have a look around as the council opens its first ever show home at the development.
A total of 52 homes will be built at Danesmore Pastures, on the old site of Danesmore Park Primary School – 13 of which will be council homes available for rent.
Of those, 11 will be two-bedroom properties and two bungalows.
The development is being managed by WV Living, a company owned by the city council, and built by contractors Jessup Brothers.
It will be the first part of a plan to deliver 1,000 homes across the city in response to rising demand.
Wolverhampton Council deputy leader and cabinet member for city assets and housing, Councillor Peter Bilson, cut the ribbon to allow guests a first glimpse inside a three-bedroom semi-detached house called ‘The Newbolt’, on July 19.
The names of the WV Living developments have been chosen to reflect connections to the local area and the types of homes have been named after popular landmarks and famous people associated with the city.
Councillor Peter Bilson said: “The opening of this show home represents a big moment for WV Living and a lot of hard work has gone in to get to this point.
“The quality of the build is there for all to see and everyone is looking forward to seeing the first WV Living development complete and the first residents move into their new homes.
“The designs that have been created will provide top quality homes for the city and developments with strong local links, which residents can be proud of.
“There is a strong belief that a council-owned housing company is both viable and offers the best outcomes for the council in terms of both strategic housing and income generation.
“WV Living will support the overall house building programme in the city and we are confident of delivering WV Living homes people will love.”
The site off Russell Close will see a collection of two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom homes for sale and market rent.
The news follows last month’s announcement that WV Living has appointed Jessup to develop homes on its next three sites in Wolverhampton.
This will see 40 homes built on the site of the former Prouds Lane Leisure Centre, 34 on the former Ettinghsall Primary School site off Herbert Street and ten affordable homes on Sweetbriar Road.
Works are expected to start in late summer on these sites, with the first homes completed by summer 2019.
The Ashmore Park development is expected to be complete by next May.
The show home will be open Thursday to Monday, between 10am and 5pm, with booking recommended for viewings by calling 01902 581273.