Two council-owned villas at 251-253 Preston Road, currently unused, are to be leased to a housing association to provide 32 dwellings, 40% of them affordable
The Council have agreed to dispose of 251-253 Preston Road to Southern Housing Group on a 150 year lease. The housing association recently presented the plans for 32 dwellings with associated parking to nearby residents. The plans showed the conversion and refurbishment of the existing villas, raising the height of the link block from 2 to 3 storeys and seven new houses in the grounds.
Although we liked the crescent shape of the arrangement of the new houses we did not like the design of the houses themselves, which were reminiscent of houses in a New Town. The architects intend to submit the plans in about a month, but it will be some months before they are on view to the general public. .
The two villas near Preston Park Station have been used in recent years by children’s services which have now been moved to Moulsecomb. This proposal will bring the two villas back into residential use, providing much-needed homes.
Southern Housing Group emerged as the recommended bidder in a competitive tendering process that attracted 13 bids. The housing association plans to convert the building to provide 24 flats and build seven new houses in the rear gardens. Forty per cent of the dwellings will be affordable.