Reading Council's delayed housing finally opens

The first council housing to be built in Reading in 25 years has finally opened, more than two years later than planned.

Cedar Court, an extra care housing scheme in Basingstoke Road, was due to open in spring 2012 but was delayed by structural problems.

The 40-unit scheme was supposed to cost £6m, but the council has not said what the final cost was.

However councillors promised there would be more council housing to come.

The scheme, which is designed to enable older people to live at home for longer with support, has been built on the site of the former Avenue School.

It includes 27 one-bedroom flats and 13 two-bedroom flats.

It was jointly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Reading Borough Council.

The HCA contributed more than £3m towards the work. However a council spokesman said it was unable to say how much it had contributed as the figures have not yet been finalised.

The four-storey scheme was built by Willmott Dixon Construction Limited.

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