Tenants move into new council homes in Chigwell

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Tenants moved into the district’s first new council homes on 7 December, just in time for Christmas.

The 10 converted flats at Marden Close and 2 new flats at Faversham Hall in Chigwell Row are the first of the council’s new house-building programme to be completed. The programme aims to build around 315 new council homes across the Epping Forest district in the next 10 years.

Miss Downes with councillors and housing officers

Pictured from left to right – Chigwell Row Councillor Brian Sandler, Paul Pledger (Assistant Director of Communities), Georgia Downes, Alan Hall (Director of Communities) and Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor David Stallan – congratulating Georgia Downes for being the first tenant to move into the new flats.

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Marden Close, Chigwell Row

20 sheltered bedsits at Marden Close in Chigwell Row were converted into 10 one-bedroom general needs flats as the bedsits had become unpopular and difficult to let.

The 2-storey building has secure individual entrances to each flat, a small communal garden, energy efficient heating, insulation and new windows. They are being let at the usual council social rents.

The former Faversham Hall on the same site has also undergone a high quality refurbishment including new landscaping. It now provides 2 new general needs flats out of a previously underused community facility.

A hugely significant moment

Councillor David Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder said: “This is a hugely significant moment for Epping Forest District Council and something I am immensely proud to be part of. After 30 years when government policy focused our affordable housing plans towards facilitating new homes built by housing associations, we are starting to provide new housing directly again.”

“These new homes have been converted to a good standard and are energy efficient. They are a great example of what we want to achieve across our district.”

I’m really happy

Georgia Downes said: “I’m really happy with the quality of my home and it’s a real pleasure to live here.”