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Two topping out ceremonies for new homes

Building work on new supported homes for Waltham Forest residents reached a milestone this month, with two ‘topping out’ ceremonies at different developments in Chingford.

On Wednesday November 5, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Cllr Angie Bean, and the borough’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, paid a visit to a development in Flaxen Road which will provide 45 affordable rent homes specially designed for people who can live on their own, but who need some care and support to continue to live independently.

With support from the Council and the Greater London Authority, housing association and social regeneration charity East Thames is creating a housing complex that will provide 24-hour on-site personal support for residents who need extra care or some form of help day-to-day. The topping out ceremony marked the completion of its building frame.

The development – called Verdon Roe Court – will offer a wide range of communal facilities and activities, including a therapy room, a large lounge and other areas for catching up with friends, regular coffee mornings, a guest suite for visitors and electric scooter charging bays.

It is scheduled to open in summer 2015 and local people living in Waltham Forest will be given priority when the new homes are allocated.

Cllr Bean said: “These supported homes will greatly benefit Waltham Forest residents with care needs. They have been designed to ensure local people can live as independently and actively as possible while offering them round the clock help with things like taking medication, cooking, cleaning and generally staying safe.”

The scheme will feature 37 one-bed apartments, including four wheelchair units, and eight two-bed apartments, including one wheelchair unit.

Charlie Culshaw, East Thames’ Director of Care and Support, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Waltham Forest to develop innovative, new schemes for vulnerable adults living in the borough. In today’s increasingly difficult financial climate, it is both refreshing and reassuring to work with a council that is committed to meeting the housing needs of its vulnerable population.”

The Flaxen Road topping out ceremony was the first of two this month – with the second taking place in May Road on November 10.

The May Road development project, which is also being managed by East Thames with support from the Council and the Greater London Authority, will create eight supported units for people with mental health issues, one affordable rented house and six shared ownership family homes.

Cllr Limbajee said: “Both schemes are great news for the borough as the new homes being built will benefit a wide variety of residents – whether they are local people in need of care or hard-working families looking to get on the housing ladder.”

Notes to editors

Verdon Roe Court, which is being built by Durkan, will provide on-site personal support, predominantly but not exclusively for people aged 55 and over who have extra care or some form of support need. It offers flexible personal support, as and when it’s needed.

The May Road scheme, built by Hill Partnerships, will have seven houses, of which one will be affordable rent and six will be three bedroom homes available for shared ownership and featuring a private garden and off-street parking. The project, which is due to be completed next year, will also create a small purpose built block of eight supported living flats for people with mental health issues who need support to live more independently.

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