Housing associations reveal update after floods

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Old Brewery Halls of Residence
Old Brewery Halls of Residence

Most housing association properties hit by the floods in Carlisle are now back in use.

An updated list of how Two Castles Housing Association and Impact are fairing after the floods has been outlined to city councillors.

A report to the authority reveals 46 properties owned by Two Castles were affected.

These were in Riverside Way and Threave Court, off Greystone Road, and required the temporary re-housing of 31 families.

The report says: "Repair works started in December 2015 and the final displaced residents moved back into their properties in July.

"The insurance bill for the incident was £1.5m and there has been a significant increase in our premium for 2017 - 63 per cent.

"We have carried out flood resilience works, using the £221,000 governments flood resistance and resilience grant to 45 of 46 of our properties affected in Carlisle by the flooding.

"One leaseholder decided to manage the process themselves."

The housing association says it has embarked on a review of all of its properties to assess the risk from future flooding.

Twenty-four properties owned by Impact were affected. This included some communal properties.

The firm says that most were brought back into use within a few months.

The report says: "The use of one property on Warwick Road is still to be determined."

Meanwhile, plans to breathe new life into a flood-hit building which has stood empty for months have been approved.

Impact Housing has been granted planning permission to convert the Old Brewery Halls, in Bridge Street, into 36 affordable flats.

The former halls of residence, which includes five buildings, was flooded in 2015 and has been vacant since September after the demand for student accommodation did not meet expectation and the halls were closed.

The Old Brewery has received £180,000 of flood resilience grants to prevent against any future flooding.

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