We are delighted to announce that we have launched our 10,000th home in Dovercourt Harwich with support from Homes England.
Built on the former Delfords factory the 66 new homes will convert a derelict brownfield site blighted by antisocial behaviour into a new thriving neighbourhood and help transform the lives of its new residents.
We have ambitious plans to build 365 homes a year or a new home a day. Projects like the regeneration of the Delfords site are a key component of our growth goals. Chief Executive Mary Gibbons said: “We delivered 330 new homes last year and have historically worked with a range of national housebuilders to deliver good quality affordable homes through the S106 process. But we want to do even more to help tackle the housing crisis. We are therefore pursuing more land-led opportunities including various brownfield regeneration projects to improve housing supply and create communities where people love to live.”
Carl Hockey, Development and Sales Director, added: “Redeveloping these types of sites present a variety of construction challenges but also provides a great opportunity to provide new homes in an area with a huge need for affordable homes. Working with Homes England and Tendring District Council we have been able to transform a site which would have probably been left derelict for many more years. It is one of many similar projects CHP are currently progressing in the region that will introduce new high quality homes for more people that need them at a price they can afford.”
New resident Sarah Hambling will be moving into one of the two-bedroom houses said: “I’m so excited as we’re currently living with my parents. My two-year-old son can’t wait to have his own bedroom, although I’m not sure he fully understands – I keep showing him photographs! We moved from London to Harwich four years ago and have never looked back. I’m thrilled to be able to stay close to my family as they’ll be only five minutes away.”
Carol Cairns Head of Home Ownership and Supply for Homes England in the South East said: “Homes England is committed to working with ambitious partners to deliver new homes where they are needed most. So, it’s great to see CHP reaching such an important milestone, bringing this derelict site back into use to deliver affordable homes for Harwich.”
The large-scale site which had been derelict for 10 years provides a mix of one, two, three and four-bed apartments and houses for affordable rent. Working with Rose Builders and architects, Ingleton Wood, the Delfords development received £1,914,000 in funding from Homes England.
David Thompson a director and architect at Ingleton Wood leading property and construction consultants said: “Many of the former factory buildings were substantial structures that dominated the site. In designing the scheme we were mindful of the local context and proximity to the church. The completed scheme will enhance the local streetscape and bring the site back into use.”
We are redeveloping three further brownfield sites in North East Essex delivering an additional 150 new affordable homes including 50 for social rent.