First properties completed as part of major council home building scheme

By Suzi Muston in Community News

The first new properties have been completed as part of a major council home-building programme in Waltham Forest. A total of 207 new homes for social rent will be developed.

The majority are being built on former garage sites owned by the council.

The official handover of the first two properties, located on a former garage site at St Leonards Avenue in Highams Park, took place on Wednesday.

Council chiefs and representatives from contractor Keepmoat marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Housing officers told the Chingford Times all the new homes being delivered as part of the programme will be made available for social rent, under the ownership of Waltham Forest Council.

The properties will be a mixture of houses and flats, and will all be ’built to high sustainability standards.’

The properties completed at St Leonards Avenue are two three-bedroom houses, fitted with solar panels and an efficient gas boiler to help keep energy costs down.

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “I am absolutely delighted that the first properties have been completed as part of our major Council home-building programme. It is superb that these new homes are going to be let to families who have been living in overcrowded flats.

“We know that the availability of affordable housing is a major concern for our residents, and our council house building programme is making a difference to increase that supply. These news homes will be available for social rent, under the management of the council."

The development of the homes is being delivered under several separate contracts, with delivery being phased over the next few years.

The first contract will deliver 11 new family homes, which are due to be completed by spring 2017. As well as St Leonards Avenue there will be new developments in Titley Close, Chingford, Southwell Grove Road, Leytonstone, St Stephens Close, Walthamstow, Rosslyn Road, Walthamstow and Valognes Avenue, Walthamstow.

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