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Mayor launches new housing scheme to be built by Newham council

31 May 2016 in Housing and Mayor
Work has started on the first homes to be built by Newham Council in 30 years.
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales visited the site on Chatsworth Road, Maryland, to mark the start of construction on the six new properties. Completion of the three bedroom homes is expected in the autumn and the homes will be made available to residents.

The properties will be built by the council’s repair and maintenance team and are the first homes to be built directly by the local authority in 30 years. Construction of the homes are based around a timber frame  As well as building the properties, the team will also form the foundations, create the drainage, construct the roads and install necessary street lighting.

A further five sites in the borough have been identified by the council to deliver 32 homes.  The plan is to build more than 100 new homes over the next three years.

Sir Robin Wales said: “This innovative project will help provide more homes to residents. Our repairs and maintenance team are highly experienced so the quality will be high. We have 17,000 people on our housing waiting list and hundreds of homeless families approaching us for help. To give those residents a fighting chance of getting a home, we need a rapid and expansion of affordable properties.

“However, it’s not just about creating bricks and mortar. Housing needs to be genuinely affordable for residents. This is something I am currently exploring and I will ensure these homes remain within the reach of residents living in Newham.”