NEW Council homes have been built in a bid to let older and vulnerable residents of Hornchurch move out while freeing up larger properties for families.
The project, run by Havering Council, saw the Garrick House sheltered housing scheme in Hornchurch being extended to two single storey blocks, creating nine new self-contained one and two bedroom bungalows for over 55s.
To fund the new bungalows, the Council added £1.01m to a grant of £256,500 from the GLA (Greater London Authority). The work was carried out by contractors, Quadrillion Construction.
One of the main aims of the project is to help older people move from larger, family homes to new modern bungalows. This in turn will free up larger properties for young families who desperately need more space.
The existing sheltered scheme is a Council owned development set in the communal grounds within Adelphi Crescent. The main block has 28 self-contained properties and the smaller block has a further 12 self-contained flats. The new scheme will include the homes as well as appropriate parking provision.
Cabinet member for Housing and Deputy Leader of Havering Council, Cllr Damian White was joined by Romford MP, Andrew Rosindell as the finishing touches were added to new Council homes.
Cllr Damian White said: “It’s great news that work has almost completed at Garrick House. This project is the first step in creating more homes for local people, and given the demand in Havering, it’s crucial that we’re able to create high quality properties that residents really need.”
Other developments that have now completed as part of this project include:
- Three new bungalows at Ravenscourt Grove sheltered housing in Hornchurch
- Two new bungalows at Holsworthy House sheltered housing in Harold Hill
- Four one-bedroom bungalows and three one-bedroom flats plus an office over two floors off Ullswater Way in South Hornchurch for adults with disability.