Cyril Hawkins Close – a new development of council homes in North Weald – was officially opened by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Helen Kane last week.
New 2 and 3 bedroom homes
The 12 two and three-bedroom homes were built on a former garage site and named in honour of one of North Weald’s greatest community supporters.
His widow Shirley cut the ribbon as guest of honour, along with Housing cabinet member Holly Whitbread and some of the residents now living in the houses.
The new development forms part of Phase 3 of the Council’s housebuilding programme which aims to provide around 300 new affordable rented homes by 2024. These homes will supplement the existing stock of around 6500 properties and help house some of the 1,500 people living within the district and waiting for a home on the housing register.
All of the homes are energy-efficient and meet the government’s decent homes standards.
Under future phases, more new properties will be built in Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, and Waltham Abbey, with planning permission already granted for many of these.
Cyril Hawkins, who died in 2017, was chairman of North Weald Bassett Parish Council for 11 years and an active member in the North Weald Bassett and Thornwood Common community for many more.
Among many activities he welcomed veterans to North Weald Airfield’s 100th anniversary, opened memorial park shelters and campaigned for safer roads.
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