Council begins programme of loft conversions to provide more space for tenants and ease pressure on housing (From York Press)
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City of York Council begins programme of loft conversions to provide more space for tenants and ease pressure on housing
A £1 MILLION loft conversion project to tackle overcrowding in York council houses is giving its first tenant more room for manoeuvre.
The scheme was approved by city leaders earlier this year to help families who need extra space without them needing to move home.
It also aims to provide more work for York’s construction firms and ease pressure on City of York Council’s housing supply.
It is paid for through reinvesting council tenants’ rent payments.
The first conversion has begun, involving the six-week transformation of the attic at mother-of-four Cheryl Diuga’s home in Askham Lane, to create an extra bedroom. Similar improvements are already planned at 16 more council houses.
Cheryl has a nine-year-old daughter, Carla-Mae, three-year-old twins Eddie and Jake, and a two-year-old son, Flynn, and one of her home’s two bedrooms is currently partitioned.
The scheme will give Carla-Mae her own loft room and more space for Cheryl’s three sons.
Cheryl, 32, said: “It’s a good catchment area for schools, there are good nurseries nearby and it’s a lovely street to live in, so I really didn’t want to move.
“The house is quite cramped, so being told the work could be done through the council scheme was fabulous. It might be a lot of mess at the moment, but it will be worth it and we will have so much more space, because Carla-Mae’s bedroom is basically like a box room so she will have more room and Flynn will be able to move from a cot to a bed.
“There will be other people who are struggling for space, and I’d definitely encourage them to look into whether the programme can help them.”
The funding for the programme was approved through the council’s Housing Revenue Account business plan for the next 30 years, laying out how the authority will invest rent from tenants and a five-year list of priorities.
It also includes money for new council homes, improvements to existing houses and providing more affordable housing. The council’s Housing Week 2013, from October 14 to 18, will focus on housing’s role in fighting poverty.
Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for housing, said: “The new programme of loft conversions for 2013/14 aims to help immediately alleviate instances of overcrowding in homes suitable for conversion.
“This adds to the overall capacity of our housing stock.
“We can convert houses with a suitably high pitch to the roof and usually add another bedroom, and this year we’re looking to carry out six conversions with ten more already planned for next year.”
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