Recommendation to demolish Henson Villas

Following consultation with residents living in Henson Villas, Hull City Council is recommending that the flats should be demolished and replaced with brand new homes for Hull council tenants.  This recommendation reflects the majority view of those who participated in the consultation.

Welcoming the recommendation, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Homelessness Cllr John Black said, “It’s a common sense position. There is very low demand from people to live here because the flats are no longer fit for purpose, and annually they cost the council more in repairs and maintenance than the rental income they generate.  The proposal is to replace them with comfortable, energy efficient homes, built to a modern standard which enables us to offer decent, quality homes that our residents deserve. In fact, our intention is to build more homes than there are currently on the site.”

The three blocks of flats, which were built in 1953, are home to 20 households. The flats are within the boundaries of Pearson Park, which is a treasured part of Hull’s Victorian heritage. To ensure that future design options for the redevelopment of the site are compatible with the setting, they would be considered by the Park’s trustees as well as members of the council’s Area Committee, before a final decision is made.

Moving home can be a difficult time. Whenever residents have to relocate, the council provides a dedicated team to help them throughout the relocation process and find homes which suit their individual needs.

The decision on the future of Henson Villas will be taken by Hull City Council’s Cabinet when it meets on Monday 28 March.

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