WORK has finally started on a derelict pub in Podsmead to build a block of new homes.
A planning application was submitted last year to demolish the former Jet and Whittle and build 18 affordable homes in its place in Shakespeare Avenue.
The pub closed more than four years ago and has since attracted vandals, thieves and fly-tippers who have destroyed the site.
Housing group GreenSquare has now started building work at the site to make way for the new homes, which will be completed in September this year.
John Owen, senior development projects manager at GreenSquare, said: “We have received a lot of positive feedback from people who are pleased to see something being done to deliver new homes and improve the site, so we are delighted that these properties are now under construction.
“The pub closed more than four years ago and has since endured a difficult period attracting vandals, thieves and fly tippers who have collectively left the site in a mess.
“These new homes will not only help to address the shortage of housing in the area but will also smarten up that part of the neighbourhood, which is good news for residents.”
GreenSquare is working in partnership with Gloucester City Council to build the new homes, which will comprise of 11 homes for affordable rent and seven for Rent to HomeBuy. Rent to Homebuy is where people can rent a property at 80 per cent market letting rate with a view to purchasing at some point in the next five years.
The scheme also allows people to buy shares in their home and then buy additional shares in the future.
Jennie Dallimore, city councillor for Podsmead, said: “It has been long awaited and at times a bumpy road, but I am delighted that the prospect of new homes for Podsmead on the former Jet and Whittle site is finally set to become a reality.
“Residents are very excited about this development and are eagerly awaiting the end result.
“I’m really looking forward to working with GreenSquare over the coming months and I believe that the regeneration of this area of the ward will have a major impact on those living locally, signifying the start of positive changes for Podsmead.”