ESSEX based housing association, CHP, is set to help Colchester’s social housing shortage by developing over 200 affordable family homes.
Helping to alleviate Colchester Borough Council’s (CBC) housing waiting list, CHP is working with its partners - CBC, Savills, Flagship Housing Group, Persimmon Homes, Bellway Homes and Taylor Wimpey - to develop 214 properties throughout the town by July 2011.
Over £8.3 million in funding has been awarded from the Homes and Communities Agency and CBC for the combined schemes.
By developing on former Ministry of Defence land 49 properties (34 houses and 15 apartments) will be built on the garrison and 57 dwellings (27 houses and 30 flats) are to be constructed on Cowdray Avenue. A further 56 homes are to be developed in Port Lane and 52 properties (21 apartments and 31 houses) will be built in Hythe Hill.
Carl Hockey, CHP Development and Regeneration Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to work with our partners, and Colchester Borough Council, to provide much needed affordable family homes to the people of Colchester.
“All of the properties will be built to a very high standard to ensure that running costs are as low as possible for the residents.”
Colchester Borough Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety, added: “I am very pleased that by working flexibly with our housing association partners, and using the Council’s limited resources innovatively, we have been able to significantly increase the overall total of affordable homes normally expected on these sites.
“Some of these sites were stalled due to the downturn in the housing market but the homes now being built will be able to provide much needed affordable homes for families in housing need.”