Construction work underway with new council housing in Harlow

Politics / Tue 16th Dec 2014 at 04:16pm

CONSTRUCTION work is underway to build the first new Council houses for local families in Harlow for over 25 years.

The Council’s £2.7m housing building programme will see 18 two-bedroom modern homes initially built on former garage sites in the town – Fesants Croft, Felmongers and The Hill. Once completed the homes will be added to the Council’s housing stock of around 9,700 properties.

Work officially started on Friday (11 December 2014) at Fesants Croft where 7 new homes will be built. The new estates and homes have been designed by local architects and are being built by Borras construction.

All the new homes will be available to rent and allocated to families on Harlow’s housing needs register. The keys for the first home could be handed over in Summer 2015.

Councillor Rod Truan, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We are in year two of our programme to modernise existing Council homes with our £100m housing investment programme. I’m delighted that we are now ready to start building new modern Council houses. Together these two programmes meet our number one priority which is more and better housing. Building new homes is the result of months of planning and organisation and once finished this programme will change the lives of local families on Harlow’s Housing Needs register.”

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise, said: “This is a key moment for social housing in Harlow. It has been over 25 years since the last Council house was built in Harlow. This programme will provide new high quality homes and also regenerate disused or under used garage sites making a positive, visible difference to Harlow. This is only the beginning of what we want to achieve from building new Council houses for local people.”

Fesants CroftThe last Council homes built in Harlow were in the late 1980s.

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