Council highlights 150th affordable home built this year

Council highlights 150th affordable home built this year

"Affordable Housing is an important part of the housing mix"

Braintree District Council has announced that more than 150 affordable homes will be built by the end of the financial year. 

So far in 2018/19, 129 new homes have been completed, with at least another 25 expected to be completed by next month (March 2019).

Affordable housing includes homes for rent at less than market rates and homes for shared ownership. The rented homes are let through the council’s housing register.

The shared ownership homes are advertised through the Help-to-Buy agent for Essex. Residents can visit www.helptobuyese.org.uk for more information.

Braintree District Council's housing stock was transferred to Greenfields Community Housing in November 2007. The council’s affordable housing programme is owned by housing associations which are not-for-profit organisations that work with the council to meet local housing needs.

As the district grows, the council has been able to increase the supply of affordable housing by successfully securing affordable housing as a condition of planning on sites across the district.

During 2018/19, local people have been moving into new homes including:

·         37 new rented homes in Kelvedon, this follows 27 completions in the village last year.

·         30 rented and shared ownership homes off Colchester Road, Halstead.

·         The final 4 homes in a scheme of 25 at Fitch Close, Hatfield Peverel.

·         13 flats and houses at London Road, Great Notley.

·         20 new homes at Forest Road, Witham.

·         25 new homes for rent and shared ownership in Hatfield Road, Witham.

A particular success for Braintree District Council was the development at Great Eastern Approach in Braintree which was completed in December 2017 and was shortlisted in the ‘Partnerships’ category of the ‘Inside Housing’ awards. It was recognition for the joint working between Braintree District Council and Colne Housing, a housing association specialising in enabling independent living.

The council is expecting a number of affordable homes to be built on seven private developments next year in Halstead, Braintree, Witham, Cressing, Silver End, Earls Colne and Great Bardfield.

In total, these sites, together with homes built on Greenfields Community Housing land, will provide more than 400 new affordable homes over the next three years.

Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Braintree District Council, said: “Affordable Housing is an important part of the housing mix and it can offer hardworking families secure housing. As a district council we work hard to make sure that affordable homes are provided on new developments as a requirement through the planning process, by working closely with housing associations and by building homes on land we own. Our housing team also work hard to make sure vulnerable and older people have the right access to suitable housing and they are also helping people access private rented housing and driving up housing conditions.”

Greenfields Community Housing has built 313 new homes across the Braintree District since 2012, in addition to homes in neighbouring districts. They aim to build at least 200 more by 2020.

Emma Palmer, Chief Executive of Greenfields Community Housing, said: “At Greenfields, we’re dedicated to offering quality homes and services that local residents need. We’re on site in towns and villages including Braintree, Witham, Halstead, Kelvedon and Cressing, where we’re replacing ageing properties with modern homes, building bungalows on disused garage sites and providing affordable houses and flats on new developments. We look forward to continuing our work with Braintree District Council, our partners and, of course, our residents to provide the homes and services that our communities deserve.”