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Uttlesford District Council has put forward a redevelopment proposal for a site in Little Dunmow which would provide 16 council homes.

Reynolds Court

The new homes, at The Moors, would be built in place of 12 council-own bungalows which are showing signs of growing subsidence. The bungalows are not fit for purpose and are currently empty.

Subject to planning permission, the bungalows would be demolished and replaced with a mix of chalet bungalows, two bed houses, and one and two bed apartments which would be made available for people on the council housing register.

The initial blueprints have been backed by the Housing Board and Cabinet, and more detailed plans will now be drawn up prior to a planning application being made.

The proposal is the latest step in the council's housing development programme. A total of 170 new affordable homes will have been delivered across the district with partner organisations in 2017/18.

Highlighted projects include:

  • Completion of Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Reynolds Court sheltered accommodation in Newport which has delivered 15 new high quality supported homes with communal areas. Phase 2 - which will provide a further 26 homes - is well underway and on schedule for completion in the autumn.
  • Modernising and expandingHatherley Court in Saffron Walden. When complete, the sheltered accommodation scheme will provide 26 flats suitable for modern living and a ground-floor day room with a conservatory overlooking the Common. The project is expected to be completed by the autumn.
  • Working with partners on the pioneering Cornell Court, the district's first Independent Living housing scheme. Being built as part of a wider housing development at Radwinter Road in Saffron Walden, Cornell Court will provide 73 one and two-bedroom apartments (some for rent and some for shared ownership) with 24 hour emergency care and support on site. The scheme is set to open in the autumn.
  • Supporting housing association partners on rural exception sites to provide high quality, low energy homes. This includes 16 properties at Dell Lane, Little Hallingbury (13 for affordable rent and three for shared ownership) and 34 at Cambridge Road, Newport (25 for affordable rent and nine for shared ownership) which specifically meets an identified need for people who have strong connections to these villages.
  • Work starting on the development of two homes and a purpose-built, wheelchair-adapted bungalow for a local family on land in Sheds Lane, Saffron Walden. The project is due for completion in June.
  • Construction of four council homes on land at Newton Grove, Dunmow, and four more at Frambury Lane, Newport is due to start in March/April.
  • Purchasing eight new-build properties at Walden Road, Radwinter. Three of the properties have been completed and let to tenants, and the remaining will be ready to let shortly.

In addition to these projects, work has started on delivering the key priorities of the council's Private Sector Housing Strategy and Homes Repairs Assistance Policy. This includes continued efforts to bring empty homes back into use, developing the 'Well Homes' initiative which is aimed at improving the living standards of residents living in private properties, and assisting vulnerable groups in poor quality housing through a range of grants.

Cllr Redfern said: "Affordability is a big issue in Uttlesford and the quality of life here means the demand for housing remains high. This is why housing is such an integral part of what the council does and why we are looking to address the issue in lots of different ways, such as making the most of the land the council already owns, developing new sites for housing, working with our housing association partners, and acquiring affordable homes built by others.

"Providing safe and warm homes which people can afford is a key objective and so I am delighted that we are continuing to deliver much needed affordable homes."

16 January 2018