Council homes set for bulldozer

Cambridge News, 16 January 2013

CONTROVERSIAL council house redevelopments are set to be given the green light at the second time of asking.

Cambridge City Council agreed demolition of homes in Water Lane, East Chesterton, and Aylesborough Close, Arbury, in October - but the decision was put on hold a month later amid concern about the impact on vulnerable and elderly tenants.

There were hopes further work would lead to the residents being allowed to stay, but a report to the council's community services committee, which meets tomorrow, recommends the schemes are approved again.

In Water Lane, four one-bedroom bungalows and 20 one-bedroom flats would be replaced by 14 new council properties - three one-bedroom flats and 11 two-bedroom flats - plus nine houses for the open market. In Aylesborough Close, 24 maisonettes are set to be replaced by 16 new council properties - 10 one and two- bedroom flats plus six two to four-bedroom houses - as well as 12 homes which will be sold on the open market.

A report to the committee said the new properties would be more popular with tenants and better suited to the needs of the vulnerable and added that tenants would be compensated and helped to find accommodation.

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