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Hull residents quizzed on Orchard Park estate plan

Orchard Park estate
The planned revamp has been hailed as a major regeneration boost

People in Hull are being given a chance to have their say on plans to build the city's first new council houses for more than 15 years.

The council is bidding for £156m of government money to fund 1,700 new homes and the demolition of high-rise flats on the Orchard Park estate.

The authority said 680 of the new homes would be council-owned.

Public consultation events are being held at the community hall in the Orchard Centre throughout March.

Full details of the consultation sessions are available on the council's website.

Councillor Rick Welton said: "It's very important that the plan we submit is the right one for the people of Orchard Park."

Mr Welton urged residents to attend the consultation events, to "find out more and play your part in shaping the future of your community".

The government funding bid will be submitted in the autumn.

If the bid is successful, building work should start in 2013, with the first homes ready in 2016.

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