New homes for Spelthorne

Spelthorne Council is progressing a number of plans designed to help increase availability of much needed housing

Spelthorne Council is currently progressing a number of plans designed to help increase the availability of much needed housing in the Borough and recently purchased the site of the former Bugle Pub in Upper Halliford to build approximately ten new flats. The Green Belt land to the rear of the site will be retained and enhanced as a natural habitat.

A planning application was also submitted at the end of last year to develop three two-bedroom homes with car parking on the site of Churchill Hall in Churchill Way, Sunbury-on-Thames. The application has now been approved and work is planned to start on site this summer.

Harper Hotel in Fordbridge Road, Ashford, was bought by the Council last spring and plans are being developed to replace the current building with new accommodation designed specifically for local homeless families. This will reduce the need to place families in bed and breakfast accommodation, which is very expensive for the Council Tax payers.

In addition to residential properties, the Council has also been acquiring business assets which provide a substantial long-term income which can be reinvested in services for residents. Following the purchase of the BP site in Sunbury-on-Thames reported in the last edition of the Bulletin, the Council recently bought Elmbrook House, in Sunbury-on-Thames, for just over £7m. Situated next to Sunbury railway station, the newly refurbished property is occupied by insurance provider, Complete Cover Group, who have a long-term lease.

For more details please email John Hesbrook at j.hesbrook@spelthorne.gov.uk or call 01784 446344.