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170 new homes for Havering – but rent goes up

PUBLISHED: 13:51 03 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 03 March 2015

The transformation of the Briar Road Estate. Harold Hil.

The transformation of the Briar Road Estate. Harold Hil.

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Havering is getting 170 new affordable homes as part of a project that also includes a befriending scheme and broadband for sheltered housing

Building project schemes

Phase 1

Albyns Close bungalow scheme: Affordable rented – nine bungalows, shared ownership for elderly – 10 bungalows

Replacement of hard-to-let bedsit bungalows with two-bedroom family homes: Affordable rented – 12 houses

New Plymouth and Napier pram sheds: Affordable rented – three flats

Phase 2

New Plymouth and Napier – infill on land at base on the towers: Affordable rented – 11 houses, shared ownership - eight houses

Briar Road Estate – redevelopment of the centre of the estate: Affordable rented – 36 flats, shared ownership – 10 houses

Block Extensions – flats adjacent to existing flatted schemes: Affordable rented – 27 flats

Diana Princess of Wales: Affordable rented – one wheelchair adapted bungalow, shared ownership – five houses

Lexington Way: Affordable rented – two flats, shared ownership – 10 houses

Kilmartin Way: Affordable rented – five houses

Dewsbury Road: Affordable rented – five houses

Taplow House, Rainham: Shared ownership – 16 flats

Schemes at Garrick House, Ullswater Way, Ravenscourt Grove and Holsworthy House will complete in 2014/15

Plans were rubber stamped at the full council meeting last week.

The new builds programme will see replacement of bedsit bungalows with two-bedroom homes, redevelopment of the Briar Road estate in Harold Hill and the conversion of pram sheds in the New Plymouth and Napier estates into flats.

The project also includes working with Tapestry, formerly Age Concern, to recruit 50 volunteers to speak to lonely elderly people in the borough.

And those living in the 19 sheltered housing units will be able to bank online and chat to relatives thanks to the installation of broadband, at a cost of £13,000.

Council rent

Bedsit

2014/15 – £70.55

2015/16 – £79.25

Increase – £8.70

1 Bed

2014/15 – £76.61

2015/16 – £86.92

Increase – £10.31

2 Bed

2014/15 – £89.60

2015/16 – £96.60

Increase – £7.00

3 Bed

2014/15 – £107.66

2015/16 – £115.71

Increase – £8.05

4 Bed

2014/15 – £121.77

2015/16 – £134.03

Increase – £12.26

5 Bed

2014/15 – £134.13

2015/16 – £148.03

Increase – £13.90

Average

2014/15 – £91.44

2015/16 – £99.31

Increase – £7.87

Large screens intended for film clubs will also be provided.

The bad news is rent will increase from April to an average of £99.31 per week, up from £91.44. The charge is still the lowest in the capital and is being made in line with government policy.

The fee is still within the housing benefit limits for the borough so the 71 per cent of tenants on housing benefit will still be supported.

Cabinet member for housing and deputy leader, Cllr Damian White, said: “Given the demand for affordable properties in the borough, fresh thinking was needed and that’s why we’re building more high quality homes.

“We also know people are desperate to own their own home so we’re stepping up our work to enable more families to get on the housing ladder.

“The annual increase will mean rents will continue to be the lowest in London and we’re determined to protect the most vulnerable, so for those who get extra support to pay their rent, the proposed increase will be covered by their housing benefit.”


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