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Terrace pilot project goes ahead

Traditional terraced homes in Shelton are set to be joined together to provide homes for larger families.

Renew North Staffordshire has bought three pairs of properties on Kimberley Road, St Luke Street and Sefton Street to carry out works on.

The estimated cost for conversion of each property is between £33,000 and £41,000.

Renew North Staffordshire has agreed funding of £100,000 towards the project and is working together with the Beth Johnson Housing Association, the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships on the pilot project.

Architects will now work up detailed plans for the conversions and building work is expected to begin later this year. The refurbishment will include fitting of insulation and energy efficient boilers, to achieve high environmental standards.

The council will invite contractors from its framework to bid for the job. This includes Balfour Beatty, the Casey Group, Keepmoat, Lovells, Seddons, Thomas Vale, Toft Johnson and Wates.