£60K for new social housing in Bilton.

Councillor Matt Scott has been working with Harrogate Borough Council on plans for new social housing on Woodfield Close and Poplar Grove. The council has secured £60,000 from the Government to support the project.

Two flats for those transitioning from homelessness will be built on Woodfield Close where some of the disused garages will be demolished. The path to the Iron Bridge will be maintained with the wider surface in front of the garages improved as well. These flats will provide secure accommodation for those in need.

To help meet local demand a three-bedroom house is planned for the junction of Poplar Grove and Poplar Crescent on land already owned by the council. This property will have solar panels and an electric vehicle charging point.

The plans are subject to permission being granted and will follow the normal planning process. Applications are expected to go in shortly and will be decided by the council’s planning committee. Commenting on this Cllr Scott said:

“I am pleased to see the council looking at unused brownfield sites for new social housing. The more that can be done to reduce the waiting list and provide high-quality accommodation in Bilton and across the district the better.”