Rugby housing plans discussed at cabinet

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Rugby Borough Council’s Cabinet has approved a recommendation that could see the council take back control of its housing stock from the government.

Under the proposal, some single-person and sheltered homes in Pettiver Crescent could be replaced with brand new council homes, while improvements would be made to a scheme in Patterdale.

The government had given the council a deadline to decide what it would do with council housing in the next five years, and cabinet had to decide how it would tackle some decline in demand for sheltered housing and deal with single-person flats that have become outdated. While the council had started to assess its stock ready to make a decision in the next year or two, making this decision now means that the council will benefit from more favourable financial arrangements when taking full control of its housing.

The option selected, to remove blocks made up of nos 2-28 and 30-76 Pettiver Crescent, had been recommended after consultation with residents had highlighted problems with the size of the flats and difficulties in accessing and heating them. In addition, the demand for sheltered and single-person housing is reducing as residents live longer and choose to remain in the family home.

Cllr Leigh Hunt, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for Sustainable Inclusive Communities, said: “The government has given us a very short deadline to inform them of our plans for the next five years and this option means that we will end up with a more varied selection of housing better matched to the demand that we expect in future.

“The residents of the affected blocks have been kept fully informed and we will continue to keep them up-to-date with our plans. It is too early to say exactly what will happen at these sites, but I would like to reassure our tenants that they will always have somewhere safe and comfortable to live.”

The plans will now be considered by the next meeting of the Council, on 27 September.