Over 70 families have moved into their brand new council homes in the latest phase of Croydon’s ambitious programme to increase the supply of affordable social rented properties.
The 74 most recently built flats, family houses and bungalows have been funded with the help of a grant from the Greater London Authority through the Mayor’s 2011-15 Affordable Housing Programme.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP, said:
“I’ve prioritised new investment to help regenerate Croydon and the £2.2 million of City Hall funding for this programme will help build the new affordable homes that the area so urgently needs.
“With a brand new Westfield shopping centre on the way and one of the capital’s fastest growing tech clusters, Croydon is becoming one of London’s most vibrant town centres as well as a major driver of the London economy.”
Most of the new properties are two-bed to four-bedroom houses, with 10 per cent of them fully adapted for people in wheelchairs or tenants with other disabilities. Of the 74 new households, 34 had been homeless.
The latest new-build council properties are in Fieldway ward, Coulsdon East, Shirley, New Addington, Heathfield, Selsdon & Ballards, Kenley, Waddon, Bensham Manor and Broad Green.
Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said:
“These latest new council homes show our commitment to delivering on our exciting plans to develop hundreds more affordable and market-rate properties in the near future.
“I’m particularly pleased that every new council property we build takes another family off our waiting list. This gets people out of unsuitable or temporary accommodation and lets them start to build a new life with the assurance of a council tenancy.”
The council is currently drawing up an expanded programme of more than 700 new homes – a mixture of council and private properties – on around 50 sites across the borough by 2019.
Future development will be paid for from a range of investment sources designed to ensure the programme comes at minimal cost to local taxpayers. These include the New Homes Bonus and contributions from private developers.
The council also has plans for larger developments to be complemented by new community centres, leisure facilities and shops, as well as other major regeneration schemes like College Green and the former Taberner House site.
The project is being managed by the council’s own development company, Brick by Brick Croydon Limited, which has been set up to allow hundreds of families to be moved into more affordable and comfortable new-build homes.
Smaller homes are also being built to allow people to downsize to more manageable homes, therefore freeing up family accommodation.
The latest scheme to be completed and let by the council is a mixed development of modern town houses and flats on the site of the former job centre in Fieldway, New Addington, featuring solar panels and other energy-efficient measures designed to reduce household bills.