BUILDING work is now well underway on the creation of council housing at sites in Wollaston and Sedgley.

In 2014, housing chiefs at Dudley Council committed to invest £40 million on creating about 350 new council homes over the next five years.

The builds kicked off in the spring when construction began on two former council depot sites at The Walk, in Sedgley, and Norfolk Road, in Wollaston.

At The Walk, an apartment block is being built which comprises six two-bedroom apartments, suitable for supported living, along with three two-bedroom houses.

The site in Norfolk Road, which will be known as Waveney Meadows, will create a supported living apartment block which will be made up of eight two-bedroom apartments.

Dudley Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s really pleasing that our programme to build brand new council homes across Dudley borough is well underway.

“The new developments in Sedgley and Wollaston will be providing much needed supportive living accommodation for local people, giving them independence in their own homes.”

Contractor Keepmoat is expected to complete the development in Sedgley – to be known as Poppy Fields – by October, while the Wollaston work should be finished by the end of the year.

Paul Senior, regional director for Keepmoat, said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Dudley Council on this project which will deliver a much needed provision to the local area.”