Jobless mother with 11 children gets council to build her a SIX-BED house because she is 'struggling' in current home

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  • Heather Frost, 36, lives in two houses which have been knocked together
  • Has seven children in one house, while the rest live with her in the other
  • Now Tewkesbury council has agreed to build her five-bed eco-home
  • TaxPayers' Alliance brands move a 'scandalous' use of public money
  • First fell pregnant at 14 to a 23-year-old boyfriend who ended up in prison
  • Furious neighbour: 'It's a disgrace. She treats her womb like a clown car'

By Simon Tomlinson

PUBLISHED: 06:41 EST, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:24 EST, 18 February 2013

'Scandalous': Mother-of-11 Heather Frost is having a six-bedroom 'mansion' built for her by the council because she can't cope in her current home

'Scandalous': Mother-of-11 Heather Frost (pictured) is having a six-bed 'mansion' built for her by the council because she can't cope in her current home

A jobless mother of 11 is celebrating today after her local council agreed to build her a six-bedroom, £400,000 home to accommodate her massive brood.

Heather Frost, 36, currently lives in two separate houses knocked into one, which she describes as a 'nightmare' because it is so cramped.

Now after years of complaining, her local council has arranged for a 1,850 sq ft property to be built for her as part of a new housing development.

The two-storey eco-home has three bathrooms, two lounges and a huge 355 sq ft kitchen and dining area.

A local estate agent who studied the plans for the new home believes it could be worth up to £400,000.

But yesterday Frost, who first gave birth at 14, vowed to demand an even bigger house if she doesn't like her new property.

She said: 'It's being built especially for me. If I go there and I say to them I don't like it or it's too small, then they will just have to build me a bigger one, won't they.'

Neighbours today reacted furiously to news of her new home.

One said: ''It's a complete disgrace. She's got way too many kids as it is. She treats her womb like a clown car.'

Neighbours say Frost currently lives with 14 people: all her eleven children, two grandchildren and her partner Jake, who they claim is also unemployed.

The children are Sophie and Toby Stevens, Angel, Jay, Paige, Chloe, Beth, Emily, Daisy, Ruby and Tilly Frost.

They live in a three-bedroom house in Churchdown, near Gloucester, which has been knocked through into the house next door.

But Frost says she has been waiting years for the council to provide her with suitable housing.

'We had to go private for a while and I had seven children in a two-bed house,' she said.

'Then we got this three-bed house and they knocked a doorway through to the one next door. It was meant to be for four months but we've been here for five years now.

'Nightmare': The jobless 36-year-old currently lives in two houses (pictured) in Churchdown, near Gloucester which were knocked through five years ago to accommodate her massive brood

'Nightmare': The jobless 36-year-old currently lives in two houses (pictured) in Churchdown, near Gloucester which were knocked through five years ago to accommodate her massive brood

Grand designs: The plans for the family's plush new eco-home which the council has agreed to build

Grand designs: The plans for the family's plush new eco-home which the council has agreed to build

'It is a nightmare because you can't keep an eye on the children in the other house and there's only one door between them which is a fire risk.

'I've got the older children living over there while I am with the younger ones in this house. I think the new house is going to be ready in July and will have six beds.'

Frost first fell pregnant at just 14, to a 23-year-old boyfriend who ended up in prison.

She had her second child, Toby, with a different father when she was 17 and her brood now includes Sophie, Jay, Angel, Chloe, Bethany, and Paige.

And Frost, who was left sterile after a bout of cervical cancer in 2011, is already a grandmother as her eldest daughter Sophie, 22, has started her own brood with son Ashley, two.

Frost, who says she is currently married, said: 'Some other mums have called me a slag but I love all of my children. I'd love to have more kids if I could.'

Spacious: The house comes with six bedrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen/ diner and two bathrooms

Spacious: The house comes with six bedrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen/ diner and two bathrooms

Money-saver: The new house will boast an energy efficient design to help keep Heather's energy bills down

Money-saver: The new house will boast an energy efficient design to help keep Heather's energy bills down

Controversial: Councillor Derek Davies said it was a 'great example' of how the council works with housing providers to ensure affordable housing is provided for all our residents' housing needs

Controversial: Councillor Derek Davies said it was a 'great example' of how the council works with housing providers to ensure affordable housing is provided for all our residents' housing needs

Tewkesbury Borough Council came up with a solution to her situation by selling a plot of land in Tewkesbury to Severn Vale Housing association for the knock-down price of £210,000.

The condition of the sale was that one of the 15 affordable homes they built on the site would be a six-bedroom home for Frost.

It will feature a wooden-clad exterior and enclosed front and rear gardens.

The plans state: 'The proposals also include a six-bedroom family home and a four-bedroom bungalow at the request of Tewkesbury Borough Housing Officers as these will help meet the identified housing needs of large families and families with disabled members respectively.'

The eco-friendly home has been designed to reduce energy and water consumption and is designed to let as much natural light in as possible.

It will come with an external rainwater butt and a composting area. Building materials will be sourced locally, with as much recycled materials being used as possible, reducing the carbon footprint for the new build.

'Womb like a clown car': Frost (pictured with one of her sons) first fell pregnant at just 14, to a 23-year-old boyfriend who ended up in prison, and has gone on to have ten more children

'Womb like a clown car': Frost (pictured with one of her sons) first fell pregnant at just 14, to a 23-year-old boyfriend who ended up in prison, and has gone on to have ten more children

What a state: Frost's current home is blighted by a bashed-up minibus, two battered cars and a skip

What a state: Frost's current home is blighted by a bashed-up minibus, two battered cars and a skip

Neighbours today reacted furiously to news that she is getting a new home courtesy of the taxpayer.

The front of Frost's current home is blighted by a bashed-up minibus and two battered cars parked on the lawn.

At the rear of the property, which is made up of two terrace council houses knocked together, the fence is falling down and two satellite dishes hang from the wall.

Martin O'Neill said: 'It's a complete disgrace. Her and her kids have wrecked the house that they're in already, and they're going to no doubt trash the new house.

'The ceilings are falling down, they have more animals than kids, and the whole place stinks.'

He said the family have lots of pets, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and a bird.

The 27-year-old added: 'She's got way too many kids as it is. She treats her womb like a clown car.'


'Her and her kids have wrecked the house that they're in already, and they're going to no doubt trash the new house'

                                  Neighbour Martin O'Neill

Taxpayers groups have have also weighed in, described the situation as a 'scandal'.

Robert Oxley, campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 'It's scandalous that so much time and money is being spent on one custom built mansion.

'Many people can't afford to buy their own home, but have to opt for what their budget allows.

'Benefits are there to help those who need support, not subsidise a lifestyle that most people paying for them could not afford themselves.'

But councillor Derek Davies, lead member for built environment, said: 'This is a great example of how we work with housing providers to ensure affordable housing is provided for all our residents' housing needs.'

Judith Tector, operations director for Severn Vale Housing, said: 'The properties have not yet all been allocated so if you're interested ensure you're register with Gloucestershire Homeseekers which will allow you to bid.'

Frost hit the headlines in 2000 when her son Toby accidentally started a fire in their home.

A passing postman, Ken Young, spotted smoke billowing from the property and heroically battled against smoke and flames to rescue two of Frost's many children.

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