THE Mayoress of Brentwood, Ann Coe, recently joined us and Eric Pickles, the Right Honourable MP for Brentwood and Ongar and Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, to launch 70 homes at our Highwoods development.
The Upper Highwoods development in Brentwood, named after a former Victorian hospital site which has had many of its original features retained, has been regenerated to provide local people with 13 two and three-bedroom homes for social rent and eight two-bedroom houses for New Build HomeBuy (shared ownership). We previously launched 57 homes at our Lower Highwoods scheme in May 2012.
Working with Linden Homes/Galliford Try PLC, the Homes and Communities Agency - which provided a grant of over £1.7 million - and Brentwood Borough Council, all of the properties have been built to meet a level-four rating of the Department for the Communities and Local Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.
Chairman Martin Dean said: “We’re delighted to be able to launch a development that we are rightly very proud of. As a company that likes to identify with the areas where we work, we are committed to creating sustainable communities and to providing local people with the homes they require.”
Eric Pickles MP commented: “This has turned out to be a very exciting development and there is nothing uniform about it. There is a fantastic blend here between affordable and private housing which is all within walking distance of the town centre. It’s a really lovely place to call home and everyone should feel very proud of this development.”
Mayoress Ann Coe added: “When we were driving in I was thinking what a unique development this is, which has been truly enhanced by converting the existing buildings into lovely homes.”