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Council home building programme

We have made a commitment to build 600 new, permanent, affordable council homes for rent on existing council owned sites by 2022. On this page you will find information relating to the current status of these schemes and their locations. We have secured funding from the GLA Building Homes for London for £20 million to help meet our delivery plans.

Our report on Delivering Affordable Homes (PDF 129KB)  provides more detailed information on how we plan to increase the supply of affordable housing with an overall commitment to deliver 1,000 new affordable homes in total by 2022.

We are committed to involving residents affected by the new build schemes and our  Resident Engagement Strategy (PDF 1163KB) sets out our approach to this.

In this video, we hear first hand from two council tenants who describe what it has meant to them personally to move into a new build council home:


Current council home building sites

Site Ward New homes Contractor  Status
Kielder Close, Hainault, IG6 Hainault  10 x 2 bed flats Aspen Regeneration Ltd 
  • due to the current Corona Virus pandemic construction work is postponed until further notice 
Site Ward New homes Contractor  Status

Marlyon Road, Chigwell,



45 x 1 bed flats

25 x 2 bed houses

11 x 3 bed houses

Engie Regeneration Ltd

  • due to the current Corona Virus pandemic construction work is postponed until further notice
  • works commenced March 2019
  • service road created. New street and block named Tawney Crescent  

Consultation with residents on and around Marlyon Road began during 2016. The following changes to the proposed scheme were made as a result:

  • increased separation distances between homes
  • reduced overlooking into neighbouring gardens
  • increased privacy through added screening
  • reduction in the dominance of parking spaces
  • reducing the proposed 4 storey flats to 3 storeys
  • wheelchair accessible homes to be included
  • the additional new homes to be family sized houses.

The planning application was submitted on 6 October 2016 and planning permission was granted following the council's formal  consultation process for major planning applications.

Site  Ward New homes Contractor Status
Mossford Mews, Barkingside, IG6 2BS Barkingside

5 x 2 bed bungalow

1 x 3 bed house

Not applicable  Proposals for site being drawn up
Site Ward New homes Contractor Status
Old Mill Court, Chigwell Road,South Woodford, E18 1NJ South Woodford

4 x 1 bed flats

22 x 2 bed flats

2 x 2 bed flats with w/chair access)

Engie Regeneration


  • due to the current Corona Virus pandemic construction work is postponed until further notice
  • works commenced in March 2019
  • service road, parking bays and footpaths completed
Site Ward New homes Contractor  Status

Wessex Close Newbury Park, IG3 8JT


Newbury Park 6 x 3 bed houses Aspen Build Ltd
  • due to the current Corona Virus pandemic construction work is postponed until further notice
  • commenced March 2019.
  • roof structures and tiling works are complete
  • completion due early April 2020


Temporary homes in Woodman Road/Manford Way 

Works will be starting shortly as part of the council's plans to build the new temporary homes in Woodman Road, the site alongside Woodman Path/Manford Way.

Important information about the works (PDF 862KB)

Woodman Road Ward New Homes Contractor  Status
Site alongside Woodman Path/Manford Way Hainault  60 homes comprising of 48 x 2 bedroom flats and 12 x 1 bedroom flats Erith 

January/February 2020

  • Construction site safety hoarding has gone up. Footpath from Manford Way to Woodman Road has closed. Basketball court/multi use games area has been removed.

April 2020

  • Site will receive two modular blocks

June 2020

  • Enhanced basketball court and multi use games area will be installed

July 2020

  • Works due to be completed by the start of the summer holidays 

Please visit our Planning page and search 0134/19 for documents relating to the scheme:

Case study - what our residents have said

Linda (not actual name) has resided at her current property for approximately a year.  The property is an end terraced house consisting of 3 bedrooms with a small front and back garden.  Linda is a single mother and resides there with her son and daughter who are both currently studying.  Previously Linda lived in 2-bedroom temporary accommodation flat in Goodmayes. The temporary accommodation was supposed to be a stopgap for a period of 2 years but Linda ended up residing there for 15 years.  This proved to be incredibly difficult for her and her family as they were overcrowded and her son and daughter had to share a bedroom. Linda feels this affected her and her children psychologically which in turn affected her children’s progress at school.

When the opportunity came around to bid for a newly built property Linda had little hope that she would be offered the property.  When she was informed she had been successful with her bid the Linda said “The feeling was indescribable. After 15 years of waiting I had lost all hope that I would ever get a permanent home. I was very happy”

Having now resided in her new property for a year Linda feels very happy and feels her children are flourishing.  When asked what her experience has been in her new home Linda said, with a beaming smile “The property has been very suitable for me and my family and for that I am grateful to Redbridge council.”

Pocket Living Scheme at Gardner Close E11 2HP

Site Ward New homes Contractor  Status
Gardner Close, Wanstead E11 2HP Wanstead Village 20  x units (for sale to local first time buyers) Kind Ltd  Construction in progress 

Pocket Living is a private developer specialising in building affordable homes for local first time buyers who are priced out of the open market and cannot access social housing. They are typically first time buyers on low or middle incomes (in jobs like teaching, nursing and the public sector) who keep local communities thriving but are struggling to stay in their local area.  The homes are not built to be sold to overseas buyers or as an investment, nor can the homes be bought to be rented out.

At Gardner Close, Pocket Living will be building a car free, small block of 20 units. The homes will be approximately 38 square meters in total and have no more than two occupants. The new homes will be designed by an award winning architect to ensure the building fits in well with the local area.

All Pocket homes are car free and Pocket residents cannot obtain a parking permit from the council. Pocket homes always come with ample cycle storage and are well connected to public transport links.

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