Building work has begun on more than 800 affordable homes in Croydon – one of the highest rates in London. They will be completed and ready to house more than 2,000 people in the next 18 months. The homes are located across the borough and include those developed under the council’s New Build programme.
Work has also started on bringing more than 50 empty homes back into use for affordable housing. The 821 affordable home building programme, funded by the Greater London Authority, is the second biggest in London for 2013/14. It has also been confirmed that Croydon is to receive part of the Mayor of London’s £404 million allocation of funding to build affordable homes. A large part of this will support new housing association homes in the borough. The Mayor’s Housing Covenant will see a total of 100 homes from 12 schemes in the borough built between 2016 and 2019. The bigger developments will be in Shirley (35 homes), Thornton Heath (20 homes) and Coulsdon (12 homes).
Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said:
“We recognise that there is a housing crisis in London and that residents are finding it increasingly difficult to buy or rent. This new administration has pledged to deliver more affordable housing in Croydon, which is a major part of the regeneration we are set to see in the coming years. This latest programme of building will help to meet the huge demand for housing.”