A target to get 250 new council houses built in Norwich within the next five years and 100 empty homes brought back into use will today be set by leaders at City Hall.

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With just over 4,800 people on the waiting list for social housing in Norwich, council leaders are keen to get more housing available for them.

Norwich City Council recently agreed to build the first new council houses in the city for the best part of two decades.

Almost 50 would be at the Three Score site, in Bowthorpe, as part of a £4.7m project, with seven more at Pointers Field, off Aylsham Road and a further three at Riley Close in Heartsease.

But, at a meeting of the city council’s cabinet this evening, a new strategy for housing will set targets for even more council homes to be built.

The strategy includes a target to get 250 council homes built by 2018, as well as getting 100 empty homes brought back into use.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “Jobs and housing are extremely important to us and it is vital that people can have a choice of where they live.

“It’s essential that we improve the stock we have to help those who are living in fuel poverty and that we get new homes built.

“Getting empty homes back into use is important as well and we have been looking into innovative ways to do that.” There are about 500 long-term empty private homes in Norwich and the council last year launched a community scheme, teaming up with charity St Martin’s Housing Trust where homeowners could get improvement work done in return for the property being let to the housing trust to provide housing.

Three times in the past two years, the city council has also used compulsory purchase orders to seize long-term empty homes from owners.

Those properties are then sold at auction and returned to use as homes.

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15 comments

  • Zapping the new Balkan exodus fact, will only delay the problem being aired ...Pickles is right.

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    nrg

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Peter you talk twaddle. Let me explain,tis cheaper to buy the 500 empty homes than to build 250 rabbit hutches on green fields.Another fine fact you'll find interesting is that, new council homes only get built under a Tory government boy rule in Norwich.

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    nrg

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I can never understand why the word `celebrate` is used when the liberal minded refer to our culture being swept away. Mass immigration is betrayal of our working people on an industrial scale.

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    John Bridge

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Well thats two hundred and fifty Romanian families catered for, what about the other hundreds of thousands?

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    John Bridge

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Splendid news.Now stop them from being sold off with a conditional life time tenanacy.Prior to Mrs Thatcher whether council homes could be sold off was a matter for the local authority,accepted by both Labour and some Tory councils.Whether these new houses should be subject to the right to buy, the decision should be with the council and not the government.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • JBridge, they don't even need a job to get the house, EU law changed last year that you only have to be seeking employment to get a brand new home in front of the natives. nuLabour are entirely too blame for this situation to happen, the rich tory boys don't give a fig either. The way I see it, we only have UKIP to turn to for the sake of our youngsters chances in homes and jobs.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I would like to celebrate a wonderful multi-cultural city with the benefits of immigration clearly understood.especially the economic and cultural benefits.With regard to council housing it is welcome under any government for the city council to be building homes,the benefit of which nrg has never experienced but the stock needs building up which makes a mockery of them being sold off.The city council are right to support lifetime tenancies but something should not be available for nothing and the council should be the arbiter of that,not the government of any party political persuasion.My belief in that is unshakeable.We need far more council homes not less.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • J Bridge, good question...but unfortunately none of our elected elite wish to address or comment on such issues. Most are just praying that either the surge doesn't happen or that the natives are so brainwashed or too stupid to raise objections and protest. The real facts are that in the last 10 years, 3 million less Romanians are living in their own country, which is why I'm touting the 1.5 to 3 million to move to Norfolk in the coming years.

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    nrg

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Peter, pleeeze list all your wondrous advantages of multi-cultural city which is fueled by mass whitey poor ex-communist people.My own experience of these whitey people are that they are the most rac*st I've ever worked with. My own facts tell me that this mass whitey migration is bringing more problems than good...the natives are getting restless!!!!!!

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Many have wondered the same thing John, our elected and unelected elite decided a long time ago that the white working class of Britain must be divided, as we was a threat after being victorious in two world wars. We had served our purpose and the downward spiral of the working class in communities,employment and political power began.

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    nrg

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Let's hope they get those 100+ empty homes brought back into use before they start digging up any greenfield sites. Renovate existing, brownfield sites next, then greenfield as a last option.

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    Pete Bogg

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The Bulgarians will go where there is work, Cambs and Lincs- and the Romanians wont pick cabbages.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • if we take away the 50 per cent of social housing which is given to immigrants we are left with 175 properties to be given to a waiting list of nearly 5 thousand. Why did the list go down from 10.000 to 4500. British people are being racially descriminated against in housing in favour of immigrants. Why are british people not being put first in housing in our own country in these desperate times

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    milecross

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Peter Watson, I agree we need more council homes but only for our own people. An eastern european can come to Norfolk and get a job and bring a wife and and six kids all benefits paid for by the British taxpayer. This is nothing to `celebrate`, it is treachery.

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I see that the former DSS offices on Yarmouth Way in Yarmouth are being sold as flats. Quite who would want to live in the middle of a lot of social housing with a busy road at the foot and no green space or parking space is a puzzle. Perhaps the answer is that an investor will buy them and let straight to housing benefit claimants for which of those that Pickles spoke may qualify after 3 months . Not that the Bulgarians will move to Yarmouth, not enough work. Labour's policies have destroyed Yarmouth- there was never going to be enough unskilled work or even semi skilled work nor social housing for the people that have flooded there. And careful analysis of statistics would probably show that there is a constant flight of skilled and academically successful young people from the town.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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