A former church in Clifton could be demolished to make way for council houses.
Nottingham City Council chiefs have agreed a budget to acquire the land of the former United Reform Church, in Southchurch Drive. The plan is for the site to be managed by Nottingham City Homes (NCH) – and up to 24 apartments could eventually be built.
Nick Murphy, chief executive at NCH, said: “NCH is looking at a number of places across the city to build much-needed homes for local people on our council house waiting list.
“This site on Southchurch Drive is just one in the pipeline and we will be submitting a planning application in the next few months. If given the go ahead, these homes would go towards the council’s pledge to build or buy 1,000 social homes for rent in Nottingham.”
The council has also agreed costs for pre-start works to go-ahead. As part of the redevelopment, the church could be knocked down and demolition is hoped to start in the next six months.
A city council document, outlining the decision, states: “Due to the new-build council housing programme, alongside the significant demand for affordable housing in Clifton, this decision proposes acquiring the site to include within the future development plans for the city.
“An early capacity study has been carried out on the site and it is estimated that around 18-24 apartments could be located here. It would be essential that NCH arrange for the building to be demolished straight away to prevent vandalism, anti-social behaviour and holding costs.”