by Marco Cillario Thu 21 April 2016, 4:25 pm
A number of garage sites across Waltham Forest are being redeveloped into homes to be allocated as affordable.
Waltham Forest Council announced in March 2016 that it was working in partnership with developer Keepmoat on a project to transform 15 sites on a series of estates in the borough into 49 new homes.
The local authority said the homes will be environmentally sustainable, with solar panels, condensing gas boilers and insulated walls and roofs to keep energy bills as low as possible.
Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for housing, said the scheme was part of the council’s programme to “cope with demand and address the lack of good-sized, affordable housing”.
“A significant number of these new homes will be built on council-owned land, and we’ve embarked on a really progressive scheme by looking at all of the garage sites we own,” he added.
Rosslyn Road in Walthamstow is among the first sites in line for redevelopment: 13 garages will be replaced with two new two-bedroom homes with gardens, which will be available to rent.
On 12 April 2016, the planning committee granted planning permission to demolish garages on Maryfield Road, where three two-storey houses are planned to be built.
Jason Seymour, new build director at Keepmoat’s southern division, said: “Working across 15 different sites in the area means we are providing meaningful regeneration to the borough and much-needed new housing for local people."
“We aim to leave a lasting legacy in Waltham Forest through various community engagement, providing employment and training opportunities for local people. We are excited to be working with the council and the community for the duration of the project and beyond.”
Work is due to be completed in March 2017.
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