Work starts on Havering’s first new council homes in 20 years
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Work has begun on Havering’s first council properties project in more than 20 years.
The Garrick House sheltered home scheme in Hornchurch will have two single-storey extensions added to the existing block - creating nine bungalows for over-55’s.
It is the first in a series of new developments which will include 70 new homes being built on underused land, with the aim of helping older people downgrade from difficult-to-maintain homes to bungalows, freeing up larger properties for young families.
The project was opposed last year by residents of Garrick House, who complained their communal garden would be compromised.
Tom Waller, 61, was originally “gutted” about the scheme, but now says he has accepted it, and even the councillors themselves appear to have changed their minds about the new homes.
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Cllr Damian White, now cabinet member for housing, backed the residents in their opposition last year, calling for the council to review the plans.
But speaking this week, he said: “It’s great news work has now started. This is the first step in creating more homes for local people, and given the demand in Havering, it’s crucial we’re able to create high quality properties that residents really need.”
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Havering Council has funded the project to the tune of £1m, in addition to a grant of more than £250,000 from the Greater London Authority.
The work will be carried out by Quadrillion Construction.