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Garage Redevelopment Scheme Will Provide More Affordable Homes in Waltham Forest

More affordable homes are being built in Waltham Forest thanks to an ambitious programme that is seeing a number of Council-owned garage sites being transformed into new housing.

Waltham Forest Council is working with Keepmoat on the project that will provide 52 new homes across 15 sites located across the borough. One of these sites is on St Leonards Avenue in Chingford, where work is already well underway on demolishing the existing garages to provide two new three bedroom houses.

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “Increasing our stock of affordable housing for local people is one of our top priorities, so it’s great to see the progress being made on this important scheme. By reviewing our garage sites across the borough we will be able to provide 52 new high-quality Council homes, which will be available for residents to move into next year. Our aim is to provide thousands of new homes across the borough, and a significant number of these will be provided on Council-owned land.”

Dan Germann, Regional Managing Director at Keepmoat’s London and Southern regeneration division said: “With local authorities across London and the South East looking at innovative ways to increase housing stock, Waltham Forest is one step ahead with this garage infil programme. The work is well underway and we were delighted to welcome Cllr Limbajee to the St Leonards Avenue site to see the progress we have made so far.”

The 52 new homes being provided through this scheme will be a mixture of houses and flats. Work on all 15 sites is scheduled for completion in March 2017. All of the homes in the programme will be built to high sustainability standards incorporating solar panels, condensing gas boilers and well insulated walls and roofs, which will help to keep energy bills as low as possible.

Waltham Forest Council has an ambition to deliver 12,000 new homes by 2020, playing its part in helping to alleviate London’s housing crisis and provide a greater range of quality housing.

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