THE Department for Communities and Local Government Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP, recently joined Essex based housing association, CHP, to celebrate the launch of 50 affordable properties at a sod turning ceremony in his home constituency.
The Right Honourable Eric Pickles, Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, joined CHP Chairman Martin Dean and the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor David Tee, to launch the first phase of the properties - which will see 205 properties being built in two stages - on the site of the former Highwoods Hospital in Cleves Avenue, Brentwood, Essex.
Working with Bellway Homes Ltd, the Homes and Communities Agency - which provided a grant of over £1.7 million - and Brentwood Borough Council, the former Victorian hospital site will be regenerated into 37 homes (four, two-bedroom and 17 three-bedroom houses and 17, two-bedroom apartments) for social rent and 13 (11, two-bedroom houses and two, two-bedroom flats) for New Build Homebuy (shared ownership).
Due for completion in September 2011, all of the properties will be built to meet a code level-four rating of the Communities and Local Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes.
Martin Dean, CHP Chairman, said: “This is a very important scheme as we have worked very hard with our partners to consult residents to ensure that the character and style of the area is preserved.
“We will soon be launching 205 homes in two phases and due to the properties being built to meet a level four code, and with excellent cycle links to the town centre, this development will help us reduce our carbon footprint.”
Eric Pickles MP commented: “As it was not an easy site to develop, due to it being a conservation area, everyone involved should be extremely proud of the development.
“I was immediately struck by the amount of care taken to blend the development with the existing landscape. I am particularly pleased that that there is such a mixture of homes for couples, singles and families so close to the town centre.”