First council houses in district for 30 years

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The district council has granted planning permission The district council has granted planning permission

The first council houses will be built in Epping Forest for 30 years after a planning application was approved.

Nine flats will be erected on a brownfield site in Harveyfields, Waltham Abbey, in Spring next year.

The development will include four one-bedroom flats and five two-bedroom flats.

There will be 18 car parking spaces created.

The properties will be allocated to people on the council's housing waiting list and the authority is planning to build 120 more homes in the next six years.

Four further sites on the Roundhills estate in Waltham Abbey, currently housing garages, are being considered for the new homes.

Dave Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder said: “This is a hugely significant moment for Epping Forest District Council and something I am immensely proud to be part of.

“It is a modest start but we will also continue to work with our housing association partners and encourage affordable housing as part of any private sector planning applications we receive.”

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2:07pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

At least eight families in January from Eastern Europe will be housed.
At least eight families in January from Eastern Europe will be housed. Billy Yerache

1:19am Wed 11 Dec 13

mdj says...

Two-car council tenants? Interesting.
Two-car council tenants? Interesting. mdj

12:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

villager1 says...

Needless to day these council houses will be available under the Right to Buy with £100K discount? and the point of that is? they need to be transferred to housing associations who do not have the right to buy - mind you even social housing rents are extortionate at 80% of market rents and most ordinary working people need to get housing benefit to help them pay these social rents. Completely mad system.
Needless to day these council houses will be available under the Right to Buy with £100K discount? and the point of that is? they need to be transferred to housing associations who do not have the right to buy - mind you even social housing rents are extortionate at 80% of market rents and most ordinary working people need to get housing benefit to help them pay these social rents. Completely mad system. villager1

4:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

villager1 wrote:
Needless to day these council houses will be available under the Right to Buy with £100K discount? and the point of that is? they need to be transferred to housing associations who do not have the right to buy - mind you even social housing rents are extortionate at 80% of market rents and most ordinary working people need to get housing benefit to help them pay these social rents. Completely mad system.
Why should people moving in be penalised and not given the opportunity like everyone else?
[quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: Needless to day these council houses will be available under the Right to Buy with £100K discount? and the point of that is? they need to be transferred to housing associations who do not have the right to buy - mind you even social housing rents are extortionate at 80% of market rents and most ordinary working people need to get housing benefit to help them pay these social rents. Completely mad system.[/p][/quote]Why should people moving in be penalised and not given the opportunity like everyone else? Billy Yerache

5:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

villager1 says...

because the purpose of social housing is to house people who cannot afford to buy. Social and council housing is not there to supply subsidized home ownership; there are plenty of other schemes for that. If you want to buy you should go to something called an estate agent - no shortage of them on the high street - not on the council waiting list.
because the purpose of social housing is to house people who cannot afford to buy. Social and council housing is not there to supply subsidized home ownership; there are plenty of other schemes for that. If you want to buy you should go to something called an estate agent - no shortage of them on the high street - not on the council waiting list. villager1

7:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

villager1 wrote:
because the purpose of social housing is to house people who cannot afford to buy. Social and council housing is not there to supply subsidized home ownership; there are plenty of other schemes for that. If you want to buy you should go to something called an estate agent - no shortage of them on the high street - not on the council waiting list.
Yes but why should these people be penalised? You have to change the Law to debar them from buying the place right to buy. It is not their fault
[quote][p][bold]villager1[/bold] wrote: because the purpose of social housing is to house people who cannot afford to buy. Social and council housing is not there to supply subsidized home ownership; there are plenty of other schemes for that. If you want to buy you should go to something called an estate agent - no shortage of them on the high street - not on the council waiting list.[/p][/quote]Yes but why should these people be penalised? You have to change the Law to debar them from buying the place right to buy. It is not their fault Billy Yerache

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