More than £2million funding has been approved towards building 'affordable' homes for vulnerable adults in Havering.

The grant from the Greater London Authority (GLA) to Havering Council will go towards supporting the Mawney Close and Mowbrays Close developments in Collier Row. 

These are planned to have 14 supported housing units for eligible people within the borough.

A decision notice published by the council states that it has already entered into construction contracts for the scheme and work has started on the site.

The funding is said to be split £1.16m for Mawney Close and £0.87m for Mowbrays Close.

Bids were submitted by the council to the GLA last April towards completion of eight homes for young people leaving care and six homes for adults with disabilities.

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These have now been successful with the council receiving 75pc of the grant as soon as the agreement is entered into between the GLA and the council. The remaining 25pc is to be paid after the construction is completed in the first quarter of 2025.

Plans were drawn up to demolish garages on the site and replace them with 'affordable' homes in January 2022.

The council said in the planning documents: “The Mawneys and Mowbrays schemes have been assessed as meeting the requirements of the care and support funding programme as they are designed with learning-disabled adults in mind, have extensive accessible communal spaces and facilities, are built to the relevant building standards and have support in place for residents."

The GLA funding however comes with some conditions attached that includes sending regular updates on the project to it, maintaining accurate records to enable future audits and letting the 14 funded rent homes at or under the current benchmark rent levels.

The decision to accept the grant was signed by Kathy Freeman, strategic director of resources for Havering, in March.