A MEDICAL clinic is set to be converted into four much-needed new council flats in Arbury.
Cambridge City Council will build two one-bedroom and two two-bedroom flats on the site of an NHS clinic located on the ground floor of Kingsway Flats in Arbury.
The NHS are vacating the clinic in early 2018 due to services being provided elsewhere, and it was thought unlikely that a new tenant would be found due to lack of demand and the outdated nature of the facilities.
The new flats will be constructed by council employees and apprentices during 2018, following another project which has seen two new council homes being built by council staff at Uphall Road.
Small scale projects like those at Kingsway Flats and Uphall Road can be less commercially appealing to developers, allowing the council to step in and do the building work in house.
The work will be funded from the existing budget designated for the acquisition of housing or building new housing using Right To Buy receipts.
The project is part of an ongoing programme to develop housing on a number of small sites owned by the council, including garages and garden areas at other council-owned properties.
As part of the recent devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the city council negotiated a grant of £70m from the government to build new council homes. Part of this grant, along with Right To Buy receipts and a percentage of council reserves will be used to fund future projects.
Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “Making use of small plots around the city such as this one at Kingsway Flats is one of the ways in which we can provide more of the council housing that the city is crying out for.
“We worked hard to secure £70m in government funding from the recent devolution settlement so that we can build at least 500 new council homes in the next few years. Projects such as these show that we are determined to explore every available opportunity to build more council housing for the people in Cambridge who need it most.”