Empty properties turned into cheap housing in Waltham Forest

Empty properties have been refurbished to provide cheap housing.
 

Sanctuary Homes has renovated a four-bed family home in Fladgate Road, Leytonstone, and two flats in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow.
 

It also plans to create a further 150 homes across the borough.
 

Janet Mussington, Sanctuary Homes’s head of development, said: "We hope this latest refurbishment is just the start of many new projects which will create much-needed homes as well as jobs and training opportunities in Waltham Forest." 

The work was also part-funded by the Greater London Authority.

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10:08am Fri 22 Feb 13

LakeBreeze says...

While I know nothing about this particular company and project, the general principle is a great one and exactly what is needed.

There are scandalous figures out there on how many existing properties are standing unoccupied, and getting to grops with that issue will go a good part of the way in the housing crisis, rather than continuing to "un-greenspace" and build and build new over every bit of land.

Lets address the problem of the high numbers of empty and unused existing housing first; I applaud this effort.
While I know nothing about this particular company and project, the general principle is a great one and exactly what is needed. There are scandalous figures out there on how many existing properties are standing unoccupied, and getting to grops with that issue will go a good part of the way in the housing crisis, rather than continuing to "un-greenspace" and build and build new over every bit of land. Lets address the problem of the high numbers of empty and unused existing housing first; I applaud this effort. LakeBreeze
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11:50am Fri 22 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

I wonder how they have been able to turn certainly the Fladgate Road Property into flats as it is a Conservation Area and
Cllr. Loakes has a policy of not allowing any more conversions. Greenleaf Road again whilst not a Conservation area is a road with parking problems.

is it now one rule for Mr Loakes and another for the rest?
I wonder how they have been able to turn certainly the Fladgate Road Property into flats as it is a Conservation Area and Cllr. Loakes has a policy of not allowing any more conversions. Greenleaf Road again whilst not a Conservation area is a road with parking problems. is it now one rule for Mr Loakes and another for the rest? Cornbeefur
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12:42pm Fri 22 Feb 13

SpursSupporter1 says...

Its about time
Its about time SpursSupporter1
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2:37pm Fri 22 Feb 13

LakeBreeze says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
I wonder how they have been able to turn certainly the Fladgate Road Property into flats as it is a Conservation Area and
Cllr. Loakes has a policy of not allowing any more conversions. Greenleaf Road again whilst not a Conservation area is a road with parking problems.

is it now one rule for Mr Loakes and another for the rest?
Cornbeefur, going by the article I believe the work done was only a refurbishment of existing livings spaces, not a conversion into flats.

The article says "Sanctuary Homes has renovated a four-bed family home in Fladgate Road, Leytonstone, and two flats in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow."

There was a four bedroom home they renovated to improve but still retain as a four bedroom home, and separately there were two flats that they renovated but which were two flats before and are still two flats now.

So if you read carefully you can see that no conversions were created, just a refurb into better condition, of existing stock that I guess we can take to understand were not in fit condition and now are habitable.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I wonder how they have been able to turn certainly the Fladgate Road Property into flats as it is a Conservation Area and Cllr. Loakes has a policy of not allowing any more conversions. Greenleaf Road again whilst not a Conservation area is a road with parking problems. is it now one rule for Mr Loakes and another for the rest?[/p][/quote]Cornbeefur, going by the article I believe the work done was only a refurbishment of existing livings spaces, not a conversion into flats. The article says "Sanctuary Homes has renovated a four-bed family home in Fladgate Road, Leytonstone, and two flats in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow." There was a four bedroom home they renovated to improve but still retain as a four bedroom home, and separately there were two flats that they renovated but which were two flats before and are still two flats now. So if you read carefully you can see that no conversions were created, just a refurb into better condition, of existing stock that I guess we can take to understand were not in fit condition and now are habitable. LakeBreeze
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6:38pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

LakeBreeze wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
I wonder how they have been able to turn certainly the Fladgate Road Property into flats as it is a Conservation Area and
Cllr. Loakes has a policy of not allowing any more conversions. Greenleaf Road again whilst not a Conservation area is a road with parking problems.

is it now one rule for Mr Loakes and another for the rest?
Cornbeefur, going by the article I believe the work done was only a refurbishment of existing livings spaces, not a conversion into flats.

The article says "Sanctuary Homes has renovated a four-bed family home in Fladgate Road, Leytonstone, and two flats in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow."

There was a four bedroom home they renovated to improve but still retain as a four bedroom home, and separately there were two flats that they renovated but which were two flats before and are still two flats now.

So if you read carefully you can see that no conversions were created, just a refurb into better condition, of existing stock that I guess we can take to understand were not in fit condition and now are habitable.
I see, thanks.
[quote][p][bold]LakeBreeze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: I wonder how they have been able to turn certainly the Fladgate Road Property into flats as it is a Conservation Area and Cllr. Loakes has a policy of not allowing any more conversions. Greenleaf Road again whilst not a Conservation area is a road with parking problems. is it now one rule for Mr Loakes and another for the rest?[/p][/quote]Cornbeefur, going by the article I believe the work done was only a refurbishment of existing livings spaces, not a conversion into flats. The article says "Sanctuary Homes has renovated a four-bed family home in Fladgate Road, Leytonstone, and two flats in Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow." There was a four bedroom home they renovated to improve but still retain as a four bedroom home, and separately there were two flats that they renovated but which were two flats before and are still two flats now. So if you read carefully you can see that no conversions were created, just a refurb into better condition, of existing stock that I guess we can take to understand were not in fit condition and now are habitable.[/p][/quote]I see, thanks. Cornbeefur
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