Mass development of council homes to address chronic shortage in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Council has secured funding for 435 homes

Waltham Forest Council has secured funding for 435 homes

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Hundreds of council homes are to be built in Waltham Forest over the next three years in the biggest public housing project in a quarter of a century, it has been announced today.

A £16.7m project funded by a mixture of grants and loans will lead to the development of 435 homes across the borough, in order to tackle what has been described as a 'chronic' housing shortage.

Waltham Forest council secured a £9.7million grant from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and a £7million loan from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for the project.

A grant-funding pot of £404million was made available by the GLA for councils and housing associations to bid to build affordable homes.

The council was awarded the second highest amount of funding of any council in this round of bidding.

It is not yet decided where the properties will be built, but new rules on council land sales mean that more surplus and redundant land and property can be released for development.

The council will need to demonstrate maximum value for money by bringing forward high-value vacant stock and offering its own land for new affordable housing.

The homes are expected to be completed by 2018.

Cabinet member for housing, Khevyn Limbajee, described the shortage of housing in the borough as "chronic".

“To put it in perspective, the last time the council built new council houses was in 2011, and then it was just 22 new homes,” he added.

“For around a quarter of a century before that we simply did not invest in building new council houses at all."

Some of the new council homes will be on sites already earmarked for development, such as Marlowe Road, off Wood Street.

Other sites have been identified for regeneration and the council is in the process of identifying additional sites where homes can be built.

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8:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

UKIP-local says...

There is no possibility that a housing programme managed by Waltham Forest council will be "maximum value"!

Even if they can avoid past incompetence and introduce effective financial controls, the idea that social housing should be provided by a council is a bad one. It reminds me of all those small communist and socialist counties whose governments built cars in the 1960s.

There is no reason why a specification could not be provided for private sector development. At least then we might avoid the grotesque waste of money such as occurred last time councils in London went in for large scale housing schemes - most of them seem since to have been demolished.
There is no possibility that a housing programme managed by Waltham Forest council will be "maximum value"! Even if they can avoid past incompetence and introduce effective financial controls, the idea that social housing should be provided by a council is a bad one. It reminds me of all those small communist and socialist counties whose governments built cars in the 1960s. There is no reason why a specification could not be provided for private sector development. At least then we might avoid the grotesque waste of money such as occurred last time councils in London went in for large scale housing schemes - most of them seem since to have been demolished. UKIP-local
  • Score: 5

9:22am Thu 21 Aug 14

leytonite says...

At a time when the 'gentrification' of Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Leyton is driving up rents and house prices, this is really encouraging news. The mix of people in Waltham Forest , both in terms of ethnicity and class what attracted me to live here over 10 years ago. I've already seen the impact of property price rises at my son's school where children of families on lower incomes have been left to move to more affordable areas. Hopefully council housing on this scale will provide more opportunities and help the borough retain its energy and diversity.
At a time when the 'gentrification' of Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Leyton is driving up rents and house prices, this is really encouraging news. The mix of people in Waltham Forest , both in terms of ethnicity and class what attracted me to live here over 10 years ago. I've already seen the impact of property price rises at my son's school where children of families on lower incomes have been left to move to more affordable areas. Hopefully council housing on this scale will provide more opportunities and help the borough retain its energy and diversity. leytonite
  • Score: -6

2:01pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Call me Earl says...

Does that mean that the old policy of pulling down all the high rise flats, making Walthamstow a more attractive & pleasant place to live in. Is now going to look like Manhattan! You only have to look at the Walthamstow Central Station high rise flats and hotel to see where this program is heading.
Does that mean that the old policy of pulling down all the high rise flats, making Walthamstow a more attractive & pleasant place to live in. Is now going to look like Manhattan! You only have to look at the Walthamstow Central Station high rise flats and hotel to see where this program is heading. Call me Earl
  • Score: 8

2:28pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Pompey Nige says...

We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help?
Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.
We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help? Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire. Pompey Nige
  • Score: 6

3:51pm Thu 21 Aug 14

HandyP says...

The sums don't add up. £16.7m for 435 homes equates to a budget of circa£38,000 per home. To build that number of units you would need closer to £50 million or the money they have got will build something closer to 120-150 homes depending on size/location need to buy the site etc.
The sums don't add up. £16.7m for 435 homes equates to a budget of circa£38,000 per home. To build that number of units you would need closer to £50 million or the money they have got will build something closer to 120-150 homes depending on size/location need to buy the site etc. HandyP
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Thu 21 Aug 14

silent.eyes says...

Pompey Nige wrote:
We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help?
Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.
I'm middle aged, no kids, instead of whinging, why didn't you do the same as me and buy a small flat in the 80's. I went without then but am glad I did now.
[quote][p][bold]Pompey Nige[/bold] wrote: We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help? Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.[/p][/quote]I'm middle aged, no kids, instead of whinging, why didn't you do the same as me and buy a small flat in the 80's. I went without then but am glad I did now. silent.eyes
  • Score: -6

5:14pm Thu 21 Aug 14

ColinOrient says...

More homes being built is not the sole answer. Then the problem arises of not enough schools, teachers, hospitals, etc. The major cities have sadly now become massively over-populated thanks to rank-bad policies by inept successive governments. I don't know what the answer to all this is, but it's easy to see why, when you look at parts of London, that so many people have moved miles out or emigrated.
More homes being built is not the sole answer. Then the problem arises of not enough schools, teachers, hospitals, etc. The major cities have sadly now become massively over-populated thanks to rank-bad policies by inept successive governments. I don't know what the answer to all this is, but it's easy to see why, when you look at parts of London, that so many people have moved miles out or emigrated. ColinOrient
  • Score: 15

5:26pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Pompey Nige wrote:
We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help?
Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.
Smug
[quote][p][bold]Pompey Nige[/bold] wrote: We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help? Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.[/p][/quote]Smug Villagecranberry
  • Score: -14

9:18am Fri 22 Aug 14

Silent Majority 2009 says...

Its not houses that are needed but sustainable homes - properly planned communities with adequate GP surgeries, school places and jobs. This council does not seem to understand this fundamental point.
Its not houses that are needed but sustainable homes - properly planned communities with adequate GP surgeries, school places and jobs. This council does not seem to understand this fundamental point. Silent Majority 2009
  • Score: 10

1:13am Mon 25 Aug 14

lpu03rjs says...

Pompey Nige wrote:
We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help?
Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.
I'm guessing your taxes have helped pay for the NHS, your parents state pension and any other benefits that they receive as well as helped improve the public transport network in and around London as well as refurbish parks and public space that you use.

Depending on what your jobs are, they are likely directly or indirectly funded by the public purse.

Not sure why you bring your race into it. Would much rather a scheme be managed by the local authority than managed by a private developer. At least you can hold the local authority accountable!
[quote][p][bold]Pompey Nige[/bold] wrote: We as an early middle aged couple on an average income will once again be stuck in the middle. We are falsed to rent on short leases not knowing if we have to leave our home from one year till the next or if our rent will go up. We do not have the income or even the savings to buy and at the exaggerated prices I am not sure it is worth it. We don't have any kids and are both working with normal debts, loans etc. Without playing the race card as an English couple in our forties and paying taxes for the past 25 years are we not entitled to a little help? Rents and house prices in London should be capped or even better after so many years working how will we pay for our rent when we retire if we retire.[/p][/quote]I'm guessing your taxes have helped pay for the NHS, your parents state pension and any other benefits that they receive as well as helped improve the public transport network in and around London as well as refurbish parks and public space that you use. Depending on what your jobs are, they are likely directly or indirectly funded by the public purse. Not sure why you bring your race into it. Would much rather a scheme be managed by the local authority than managed by a private developer. At least you can hold the local authority accountable! lpu03rjs
  • Score: 2

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