Councillors get sneak preview of new homes
We're transforming a previously unpopular and unattractive 1970s housing estate in Walthamstow, Waltham Forest into 43 new affordable homes.
The five storey scheme we are developing with Hill Partnerships has just reached its peak and to mark this achievement we held an event to give Cabinet Member for Housing and Development councillor Marie Pye, and ward councillors Mahmood Hussain, Clare Coghill and Liaquat Ali a sneak preview
With the roof on the internal fit out can start by the end of summer which means the homes are on track to be ready by March/April 2013. Ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, the homes will be available for shared ownership and affordable rent.
Local residents supported the scheme’s design which features a terrace of three storey town houses and two apartment blocks around a central communal garden. Spacious room sizes and excellent private outdoor space in the form of deep balconies, winter gardens or private gardens await the new residents moving in. The new residents will also be involved in designing the landscaping of the communal garden.
The homes meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 – meaning they are far more energy efficient and sustainable than ordinary homes and should be cheaper to run. Three of the houses and one apartment will be fully accessible for a wheelchair user and there will also be four disabled parking spaces available.
East Thames Principal Project Manager Sidney Yanney said: “Hammond Court plays an important part in the overall regeneration of Waltham Forest. This site was previously run-down, poorly designed and attracted anti-social behaviour. With an emphasis on family homes, this site will provide quality, safe and hopefully much-loved homes for local residents.”
Councillor Marie Pye, Cabinet Member for Housing and Development, said, “Hammond Court is in a part of the borough that has been earmarked for regeneration and this is a significant step in transforming the area. It’s just this sort of investment in affordable housing in the borough that is helping Waltham Forest improve the quality of life of its residents and make it an exciting and vibrant place to live.”
Hill Partnerships Managing Director Paul Jordan said "We are really excited and proud to be part of this development project. The key aim has always been to address the shortfall of affordable homes in the Borough and we’re now well on our way to achieving it. We aim to do much more than just provide good quality homes for local residents. Our contribution to the regeneration of communities we work in makes a real difference to how local residents feel about where they live and work.”