Revamp of homes is about to start

SUE SKINNER A £73m revamp of nearly 7,000 ex-council properties in West Norfolk is due to start in earnest at the end of the month.

SUE SKINNER

A £73m revamp of nearly 7,000 ex-council properties in West Norfolk is due to start in earnest at the end of the month.

The homes were trans-ferred to a new landlord, Freebridge Community Housing, in April in a multi-million pound deal, which will see a massive prog-ramme of alterations and improvements carried out over the next six years.

The work will include the installation of new kitchens and bathrooms, double-glazing and new heating systems across the borough and will clear a backlog of repairs. Adaptations for people with disabilities and modernisation of sheltered housing developments are also planned.

Freebridge is allowed to borrow money to bring the homes up to the govern-ment's Decent Homes Standard.

The housing association's chief executive, Tony Hall, said the “vast majority” of properties would be having work done.

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“There's clearly going to be some sensitivity about who's first and who's last and we've said that the properties in greatest need come first.

“We have split the borough into a number of investment areas and we are looking at where the greatest need is. The programmes will start in earnest at the end of this month and just into August.”

Included in the first phase of the revamp are new bathrooms and kitchens for villages in the south of borough and Gaywood in King's Lynn, central heating systems for homes in South Lynn and Gaywood and the start of window replacement in South Lynn and Downham Market.