Building new council homes
We are part way through our district-wide Council House-building Programme of building over 300 new affordable rented homes by 2024. These homes will supplement our existing stock of around 6500 properties and help us to house the 1,500 people who are waiting for a home on our housing register.
All our new homes are energy-efficient and safe, built to the Government’s Decent Homes Standard and Lifetime Homes Standard and designed to meet the needs of people in the 21st century.
Building locations and progress
Recently completed new build council houses
Phase One of the Programme completed in 2017, delivering 23 new affordable rented homes in Waltham Abbey, all of which have been let to local residents in housing need:
- John Scott Court – four x 1-bed flats and five x 2-bed flats
- Hockley Court – two x 1-bed maisonettes and four x 3-bed houses
- Oakwood – four x 2-bed houses
- Greenleas – two x 2-bed houses
- Wood Villas – two x 3-bed houses
Phase Three of the Programme is also complete, providing a further 18 new homes:
- Pantin Close, Epping – two x 1-bed bungalows and two x 2-bed houses
- Verrall Close, Coopersale – two x 1-bed flats and two x 2-bed houses
- Matthews Close, Epping – two x 3-bed houses and two x 2-bed houses
- Centre Drive, Epping – one x 3-bed house
- Centenary Close, North Weald – two x 2-bed flats and two x 3-bed houses
- London Road, Stanford Rivers – one x 3-bed house
We have also bought eight brand new homes off-plan from a developer in Roydon and some open-market properties for renovation.
Current development schemes
Phase Two is nearing completion. A construction related fire last autumn delayed the completion schedule slightly but the first tenants should be moving in by the summer.
- Burton Road, Loughton – 51 units comprising of two x 2-bed houses, 15 x 3-bed houses, 11 x 1-bed flats and 23 x 2-bed flats
Upcoming new build council houses
- Thorn Terrace, Stewards Green Road, Epping – two x 3-bed houses and two x 2-bed houses
- Elisabeth Close, North Weald – 10 x 3-bed houses and two x 2-bed houses
Under future phases, more new properties will be built in Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Ongar and Waltham Abbey, with planning permission already granted many of these new homes.
We continue to look for opportunities to build more affordable housing in the Epping Forest District, with consideration given to:
- maximising the number of homes on the available land;
- local context and surroundings
- priority need as identified in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment
- the impact of welfare reform changes
For more information please contact our housing development team
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