Plans have been submitted by Wolverhampton Homes for the construction of 99 new energy efficient council bungalows to replace 93 post war prefabs on the Lincoln Green Estate in Bushbury.

It is part of City of Wolverhampton Council’s citywide strategy to identify solutions for 4,100 outdated homes built by old, non-traditional construction methods.

The first wave of demolition is set to start this month (March) with 26 ageing bungalows to be pulled down over the next 4 months across the Lincoln Green Estate on Alleston Road, Grosvenor Road, Lincoln Green and School Lane, and in the Wood End and Portobello areas. Planning applications for new homes in the other 2 locations are also imminent.

The majority of the bungalows to be demolished are vacant, while 6 tenants have been temporarily relocated, with construction works on the new bungalows set to start later this year.

All of the old bungalows have been declared defective under the 1985 Housing Act - and suffer from a number of issues including failing structural elements, leaking and poorly insulated roofs, very poor thermal efficiency, and wet rot in the floor.

The council has therefore taken the decision to replace the properties before they have an adverse effect on tenants’ health and wellbeing.

The new, modern housing will also provide a greater ability to adapt properties to meet tenants’ needs, something which has been difficult to achieve in the outdated properties due to their structural limitations.

The overall non-traditional housing stock replacement programme is being managed on behalf of the council by Wolverhampton Homes and follows extensive and ongoing consultation with residents.

City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Steve Evans, said: “The non-traditional built properties are in such poor structural condition that they can no longer be economically and satisfactorily maintained.

“For the safety and comfort of our residents, we are delivering better homes in the long term that they can make their own in the same location.

“We will continue talking with all those affected and have engaged with all tenants, who are relishing the prospect of moving into brand new homes. They understand the absolute necessity to remove these outdated bungalows and replace them with new modern homes.

“It is a key priority of our council plan to ensure we provide good homes in well connected neighbourhoods for all our residents.”