Council names partners for £67m housing scheme
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Legal, Local Government
Harlow Council has named its preferred partners for a £67 million scheme that will see over 350 new homes built in Essex.
Home Group and Countryside Properties will work with the local authority to demolish old houses at the Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field estates and replace them with 361 modern, energy efficient properties.
Deputy leader councillor Rod Truan said: “I am delighted that the council will be working with Countryside Properties and Home Group. Together we will continue to work with residents to bring this scheme to life. This redevelopment will help deliver the council’s priorities to provide more and better housing and to regenerate Harlow. This scheme will not only see brand new homes for local residents built but also create a new community.”
Home Group, which recently of 24housing magazine’s top 50 landlord list, is already a £350m regeneration in Gateshead, a £140m regeneration in Harrow, a £185m scheme in Sheffield, a £50m project in Glasgow, a £25m in High Wycombe and a £45m scheme in Dundee.
The Halow development, to be designed by Gardner Stewart Architects, includes houses, bungalows and apartments, as well as three new parks with play facilities and a community centre that will be designed by residents for the residents. The plans also include parking and improved cycle and pedestrian routes.
Mark Henderson, Home Group's chief executive, said: “There is a desperate shortage of good quality affordable homes in the UK, especially in the south east. We are extremely pleased to have been named by the council alongside Countryside Properties as the preferred partner in this regeneration project.
“We’re looking forward to using our experience which we’ve gained through working on some of the largest regeneration projects in the UK to build modern homes for local people and create thriving neighbourhoods.”
The new homes will replace 1960s bungalows that have suffered from being inward looking and not creating a sense of community or allowing surveillance. Many of the current residents will be relocated and will be able to move directly into their new homes. Around 55% of the homes will be affordable housing and shared ownership managed by Home Group, adding to its significant stockholding in the area.
Subject to the planning process, it is hoped work on site will begin in early 2015 with the first affordable homes complete in spring 2016.
Richard Cherry, deputy chairman of Countryside Properties, said: “We are delighted to have been named with Home Group as preferred bidder for this project that will deliver much needed new housing for local people, as well as improving economic prosperity and job opportunities. The new masterplan proposes a design that will work much better in creating a safe and vibrant community.”
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