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Council dishes out £1m for Essex affordable and social rent home project

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

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Chelmsford City Council has come up with nearly £1 million in funding for an affordable housing project in Essex.

Chelmer Housing Partnership (CHP) has been handed the funds to build 31 homes for affordable and social rent across Chelmsford, including in the areas of Danbury and Great Waltham.

The council's funding will see £736,000 invested in the new properties in Great Waltham and £187,000 spent on homes in Danbury.

Due to be completed between autumn 2013 and summer 2015, all of the homes will meet a level-three rating of the Department for Communities and Local Governments Code for Sustainable Homes.

The properties will consist of:

• Six one-bedroom flats for affordable rent in Chelmsford
• Two one-bedroom and four two-bedroom bungalows, and two two-bedroom, six three-bedroom and three four-bedroom homes in Great Waltham for social rent
• Eight two-bedroom houses in Danbury for social rent

Carl Hockey, CHP Development and Regeneration manager, said: "We are delighted with the funding provided by Chelmsford City Council. Working with our contractors to help provide a number of much needed affordable homes for local people is fantastic.

"This investment will really make the difference too many people who have previously been unable to get access to local housing due to their low income or personal circumstances,” said Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Duncan Lumley.

"These affordable units are a step in the right direction towards delivering the mix of housing development that is needed in Chelmsford as we grow into our city status."

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