Epping Forest District Council wants to turn the old Red Cross Hall site in Waltham Abbey into an affordable housing development

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Epping Forest District Council Epping Forest District Council

Councillors will decide tomorrow whether the old Red Cross Hall land and garages in Waltham Abbey can be turned into an affordable housing development.

The Roundhills site will be discussed by the planning committee atEpping Forest District Council, which owns the land.

The council hopes to build four three-bedroom homes and two one-bedroom properties with gardens and parking.

Seven garages will be demolished to complete the work if it is accepted.

Waltham Abbey Town Council and some residents have objected to the proposal over parking and landscaping concerns.

A decision will be made tomorrow evening.

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8:26am Mon 24 Feb 14

UKIP-local says...

Please can we get this straight - "affordable housing" does not mean what normal English would lead us to believe. It is not particularly affordable either to build or to live in.

The term is an unnecessary euphemism for social housing.

The reason this distinction is important is that what so many people in work need is better value for money. Some could afford to buy if prices were lower while others could rent in the private sector if rents were lower. The current programme to increase the number of social housing units (confusingly called "affordable housing") is neither affordable nor is it in the free market.
Please can we get this straight - "affordable housing" does not mean what normal English would lead us to believe. It is not particularly affordable either to build or to live in. The term is an unnecessary euphemism for social housing. The reason this distinction is important is that what so many people in work need is better value for money. Some could afford to buy if prices were lower while others could rent in the private sector if rents were lower. The current programme to increase the number of social housing units (confusingly called "affordable housing") is neither affordable nor is it in the free market. UKIP-local
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1:00pm Mon 24 Feb 14

LakeBreeze says...

UKIP-local, you mention "people in work" -- I'd just like to point out something that is often forgotten when the topic of social housing and is raised. It's not just for the unemployed. People who DO indeed work but are on a low income that, even at minimum wage does not meet the demands of private sector rent, are also able to live in social housing. Please do not assume that everyone in social housing is not working or that it's not open to those who work but just don't make a lot.
UKIP-local, you mention "people in work" -- I'd just like to point out something that is often forgotten when the topic of social housing and is raised. It's not just for the unemployed. People who DO indeed work but are on a low income that, even at minimum wage does not meet the demands of private sector rent, are also able to live in social housing. Please do not assume that everyone in social housing is not working or that it's not open to those who work but just don't make a lot. LakeBreeze
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2:35pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

What is wrong with this scheme? Nothing I say considering other councils are converting gagrges to make houses for people to live in.
What is wrong with this scheme? Nothing I say considering other councils are converting gagrges to make houses for people to live in. Villagecranberry
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