Havebury Housing Partnership reveals proposals to demolish a garage block in Haverhill and build new homes
Havebury Housing Partnership says a need to ‘make the best use of its assets to provide affordable housing’ has motivated a proposal to demolish a block of 32 garages in Paske Avenue in Haverhill.
The social housing provider has contacted the tenants of each of the garages in use to explain that their tenancies will have to end because it is ‘looking at plans to redevelop the site into new affordable housing’.
Havebury owns more than 1,700 garages in and around Haverhill, but due to their age some are too small for modern cars and, as such, are used for storage or are unlet and empty.
A spokeswoman for Havebury explained: “We currently have 10 garages showing as available for rent in Haverhill, with more coming available soon.
“We understand that of the 32 garages at Paske Avenue, 14 are currently used for storage, 12 are unlet and empty, and five are used daily as garaging for cars, of which only one is used by a resident of Paske Avenue.
“There is also one garage where the use is unknown.
“There are currently 364 households registered with St Edmundsbury Council in need of affordable housing in Haverhill.
“Given this level of housing need, Havebury needs to ensure that it is making the best use of its assets to provide affordable housing for the local community.
“Havebury is therefore proposing to remove the garages at Paske Avenue and in their place build 10 new affordable homes.
“Prior to submitting a planning application we are currently at the consultation stage with the local community, however the proposal is for a combination of one and three bedroom homes for rent and shared ownership.
“We acknowledge that we may temporarily inconvenience those renting the garages but should anyone want advice on renting a garage for the first time or assistance finding an alternative garage to the one that they already rent, then they should contact Havebury, who will be happy to help.”
One man who uses a Paske Avenue garage to store his car said none of the alternative garages available were anywhere near the one he used.
He added: “They are not within a reasonable walking distance. You should not have to go two miles to reach your car.”
The nearest vacant garages to Paske Avenue that are suitable for a vehicle are in Clarendon Road and Buckingham Road, the rest are further away.