New affordable homes to be built in Essex


Tuesday 20th July 2010

Countryside Properties and Notting Hill Housing Trust have been appointed by Havering Council to build around 170 new homes in Essex.

The new build homes, which will be made up primarily of affordable homes, will be constructed on former sheltered housing sites at Darlington and Chippenham Gardens in Hilldene, Harold Hill, Essex.

Demolition of the rundown buildings is expected to start later this summer while building work on the new build homes is scheduled to get underway in 2011.

The sites will be transformed to provide mainly affordable homes for shared ownership and rent, together with new homes for private sale. This much-needed mixed-tenure development will be delivered with financial support from the Homes and Communities Agency.

John Hughes, group development director from Notting Hill Housing said: "We are very pleased with this opportunity to work the Council and local residents to reinvigorate the area for the benefit of the whole community in Harold Hill. Notting Hill Housing is no longer just a West London organisation. We want to work with communities across the capital to provide new places to live that relate to the local context and enhance the neighbourhood."

Lead member for housing at Havering Council, Councillor Lesley Kelly, commented: "We are delighted to appoint Notting Hill and Countryside Properties as the preferred partners. While all the bids we received were of a high standard, Notting Hill and Countryside Properties offered the best quality of housing and offered value for money. We look forward to working with Notting Hill and Countryside Properties on this exciting new development in Harold Hill."