We marked the start of work to build new affordable homes in Barrack Lane, Great Waltham.
In partnership with Chelmsford City Council this second phase of the regeneration project will deliver four new homes on a former Airey house site. The Barrack Lane development will provide eight new affordable homes in total following demolition of three Airey houses since 2016. Working with DCH Construction the Barrack Lane development is due to be completed by November 2020.
The project which received £188,000 in funding from Chelmsford City Council has two two-bedroom bungalows and two three-bedroom houses. All of them are for social rent. We will own the properties and Chelmsford City Council will nominate people to live in them. Half will go to people with a local connection.
The scheme incorporates PV panels and environmentally friendly air source heat pumps to ensure the homes are economic to run. The bungalows come equipped with wet rooms making them a perfect home for life for those with limited mobility.
This project is part of our ambition to build 365 new homes each year - ‘a home a day’. These will provide a mix of social and affordable rent, shared ownership and homes for outright sale. We hope the new neighbourhood will transform the lives of the people who live there. Chief Executive Mary Gibbons said: “CHP has a proud record of working with local authorities and housebuilders to provide affordable homes across Essex. But we want to do even more to help tackle the housing crisis. Regeneration projects like Barrack Lane not only improve housing supply but create new communities where we hope people love to live.”
Growth and Partnership Director Carl Hockey added: “New homes in rural areas like these give people the chance to stay somewhere they already have connections and support. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality homes and are delighted to be able to offer these properties to local people.”
Cllr Stephen Robinson, Leader of Chelmsford City Council, said: “I am delighted to see that CHP is now building more social rented homes. We need to see many more genuinely affordable homes of all types. I will be pushing the City Council to work with partners like CHP to deliver this.”