Disused garages in central Reading will be converted into four affordable homes for the elderly and people at risk of homelessness.

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) planning committee approved its own plans to convert 12 empty garages in Boult Street and build four affordable homes .

The application, which is one several looking to converting unused council-owned areas to create new affordable homes, was approved by the council's Planning Applications committee on Wednesday, January 6.

The garages are at the council-owned Tyrell Court and Padley Court at The Dell, a cul-de-sac off Boult Street.

Nine garages in Tyrell Court will be replaced with three flats, with the remaining three garages in Padley Court becoming another flat.

All the flats will be one-bedroom and deemed affordable housing for the elderly and people at risk of becoming homeless.

RBC say the garages have not been used for several years and are now too small.

They also have restricted door widths and are difficult to get into due to a slope at the entranceway.

New bins and bicycle parking will be provided at the site.