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New council homes for local people

Tenants have moved into three new council properties in Saffron Walden. The residents received the keys to the properties in Sheds Lane following the recent completion of the small-scale development.

Sheds Lane

Built on two former garage sites, the homes were delivered by Uttlesford District Council in partnership with developer Godfrey & Hicks and surveyors Richard Utting Associates. They consist of two two-bedroom houses and a three-bedroom bungalow.

Local resident Simon Trimnell, his wife Lucy and their children Archie and Amelia have moved into the bungalow. Archie has significant medical requirements and the property has been designed in conjunction with his Occupational Therapist to ensure that it will meet his needs for years to come. The family has previously lived in a three-bedroom council house which is now available for allocation to another family from the council's housing register.

Mr Trimnell said: "It is unbelievable - our new home will change our lives and Archie's life so much. It will make things so much easier. We really can't thank the council enough."

Cllr Julie Redfern, the council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "We are delighted with the standard of these properties and hope residents will be happy in their new homes.

"I am particularly pleased that we have been able to help Simon, Lucy and their family. They were struggling in their old home and so we were only too pleased to have been able to take this opportunity to support them. It is lovely when a plan comes together.

"Affordable housing is in high demand in Uttlesford. The council has an ongoing programme of delivering lower cost rented and shared ownership properties which are allowing local people to set up new homes and maintain links with family in the area. We will continue to explore other potential opportunities across the district which might help us to meet local housing needs."

Over 150 affordable homes were delivered by developers in Uttlesford in 2017/18, providing homes to residents unable to meet the cost of their housing needs within the open market. The total includes 98 affordable rented homes and 53 homes for shared ownership. This includes one, two, three and four bed homes as well as one and two bed bungalows.

In addition, the council's own building programme has delivered a total of 21 homes. This includes 15 new flats replacing those demolished at Reynolds Court and eight additional new homes in Radwinter.

These new homes helped local people and families to get on the housing ladder or to find a property more suited to their needs. 

Uttlesford District Council lets around 250 council properties each year from its own stock of almost 2,800, and nominates people to around 180 housing association vacancies from a stock of nearly 2,000. To be considered for these homes you need to be on the council's housing register. To do this you can go to www.homeoption.org and complete the online application form.

There are eligibility criteria for joining the housing register - if you are unsure whether you would qualify, or for more information on how to make an application, visit the website www.uttlesford.gov.uk/housing or contact the Housing  Options Team on 01799 510510.

24 July 2018