Redbridge families get the keys to nine new homes
Published: 3 July 2018
Redbridge Council has handed over its fourth housing development in less than a year as part of its pledge to build 1000 more affordable homes in the borough.
Councillors, officers, developer Luminus Developments Ltd and contractors Aspen Build came together to welcome the new residents of Coppice Path in Hainault on Monday 2 July.
The new energy efficient homes sit on a former garage site and are made up of four three-bedroom houses, three three-bedroom duplexes and two two-bedroom flats.
The development was part-funded by the Mayor of London and provides the borough’s growing population with much needed housing.
Redbridge’s severe shortage of affordable homes means that residents struggle to access the housing market and find accommodation they can afford to rent or buy.
As well as building more homes, the Council has introduced a raft of measures to improve the supply of good rented accommodation. These include extending their selective licensing scheme to cover 79 per cent of the private rented sector, supporting rough sleepers and a ground-breaking pop-up hostel and holding regular forums to help landlords understand their responsibilities.
This development follows the success of other developments, including Yellowpine Way, Stanway Close and Rayleigh Road, in providing permanent homes for those currently living in temporary accommodation.
Leader of the council Cllr Jas Athwal said: “We recognise the very real challenge that many people in our borough and across the capital face finding genuinely affordable accommodation. This new development shows once again we are delivering on our pledge to deliver the new affordable homes our residents desperately need. But we appreciate we can’t tackle this issue alone and welcome the injection of funding from the Mayor of London for this scheme.
“It’s wonderful to meet the residents and to welcome them to their new homes. This is a fresh start for many of them and a great opportunity to build their own communities. I’m excited for what their futures hold. With developments such as these and through a range of initiatives we will be able to increase the availability of high quality homes in Redbridge.”
Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness Cllr Farah Hussain said: “This is just a part of what we are doing to improve the availability of high-quality accommodation for residents. Expanding the selective licensing scheme will help us ensure that rented properties are of a good standard and will offer some protection against eviction for tenants living in unlicensed homes, helping to prevent homelessness. In addition, the extra funding recently received from the government will allow us to tackle rogue landlords, fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour though targeted information and increased enforcement action.”
James Murray, deputy mayor for housing, said: “We need councils to take the lead in building new homes to help fix London’s housing crisis, and so I am very pleased we have been able to support the great work by Redbridge Council, which has now handed over the keys to new residents at Coppice Path.
“London desperately needs more genuinely affordable homes and the Mayor and I are doing all we can with the resources we have to build more homes to rent and to buy.
“The Mayor wants to get 10,000 new council homes underway over the next four years and it is great that we can rely on proactive local authorities such as Redbridge to play a key part in building the new homes that Londoners need.”
Coppice Path comes under the Council’s affordable housing development programme and was completed on 13 June 2018.