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Mead Court development officially unveiled

Uttlesford District Council's flagship housing development at Mead Court, Stansted, has been officially opened.

Mead Court opening

The 29 affordable rented properties at the Stansted site consist of a mix of 12 flats, 8 family homes and 9 bungalows, as well as 4 temporary accommodation units.

Cllr Julie Redfern, Cabinet Member for Housing, and Cllr John Davey, the council Chairman, cut the ribbon to unveil the new-look scheme on Friday (3 February) in front of invited guests and some of the residents.

Cllr Redfern said: "The development of Mead Court has been a long-standing project for this council, and we are delighted to have been able to deliver these fantastic and much-needed homes for those in housing need.

"This development highlights the council's commitment to developing affordable, good quality homes that as landlords we can be proud of and more importantly, homes that our tenants are happy to live in and which are fit for purpose."

The new homes at Mead Court replace the severely outdated, cramped bedsits and nine underused garages previously on the site. The redevelopment was delivered on budget in two phases over three years, with the final phase being completed just before Christmas.

All the new homes feature affordable, efficient heating and hot water systems designed to minimise fuel consumption and are therefore good for the environment as well as saving the tenants money on fuel.

Ruhul Amin recently moved into one of the two-bed homes with his wife Sajeda and their two young children. Mr Amin said: "This area of Stansted has special meaning for me - I lived in a flat with my mum in the old complex before the redevelopment, so the memory of her is here.

"We are delighted to have moved in and my children are really happy to have a garden. The whole scheme is very smart and it's a nice place to live."

Harry and Maureen Woodacre moved into one of the bungalows. Mr Woodacre said: "The design and finish of the bungalow is great. It is a lovely scheme. Our quality of life is so much better and we couldn't have asked for much more."

8 February 2017