City of Wolverhampton Council has announced £8 million plans for a fifth phase of its successful newbuild council housing programme for small unused sites.

The fourth phase being delivered by J Harper & Sons is close to completion and will take the number of council homes built under this scheme to 99.

Sixteen old garage sites and small plots of disused land have been identified for phase 5 following site investigations, checks and public consultation.

The proposed sites, that are expected to yield 56 new homes, are Southall Road, Wolmer Road, Woodside, Townson Road and Simmons Road (all Wednesfield North), Land south off 97 Myatt Avenue (Ettingshall), Park View (Bilston North), Cavendish Road and Abingdon Road (both East Park), Batmanshill Road (Bilston East), Bushbury Magic Gardens, infill land adjacent to 129 Goodyear Avenue, infill land adjacent to 32 Annan Avenue and land between 48 and 50 Neve Avenue (all Bushbury South and Low Hill), Elmdon Close former allotment site (Oxley), and Inkerman Street (Heath Town).

The works will be carried out across 2020 and 2021 by local contractors selected through a competitive tendering process, encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to bid.

The builds will be funded from the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) capital budget, subject to Cabinet Resources Panel approval on Tuesday 23 June.

Councillor Jacqueline Sweetman, Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, said: “This scheme is helping smarten up neighbourhoods in the city while providing affordable housing to residents in housing need.

“It started as a pilot programme and has grown from strength to strength, delivering almost 100 council homes in its first 4 phases.

“The selected contractors are delivering what we ask of them to improve our housing offer and it has proved to be an effective way to deliver new homes for the people of Wolverhampton.

“Crucially, it increases the city’s houses stock when it needs it most.”

The scheme is monitored through a joint project team from City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Homes, to ensure the new council homes are built to a high standard.