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Uttlesford District Council's ongoing programme of delivering affordable lower cost rented and shared ownership properties is helping local people set up new homes and maintain links with family in the area.

Affordable Housing

Over 150 affordable homes were delivered by developers in 2017/18, providing homes to residents unable to meet the cost of their housing needs within the open market. The total includes 98 affordable rented homes and 53 homes for shared ownership. This includes one, two, three and four bed homes as well as one and two bed bungalows.

In addition, the council's own building programme has delivered a total of 21 homes. This includes 15 new flats replacing those demolished at Reynolds Court and six additional new homes in Radwinter.

The delivery of these new homes has helped local people and families to get on the housing ladder or to find a property more suited to their needs.

Among those who have benefitted from the new properties are Elizabeth Calver and Ben Faber, and their newborn daughter, who moved to a council-owned new build in Radwinter in the New Year.

Elizabeth said: "I was living at home, away from Ben, when we were nominated for our house. This is our first home, and it means that we can all be together as a family. New neighbours are moving in and there's a nice sense of community here already."

Another couple to recently move into a new house was Jillian and Brian Shirley, in Great Dunmow. Jill said: "Our private landlord evicted us from our old home leaving us nowhere to go, so we came to the council for help. The Housing team staff were very courteous and efficient and made everything as painless as possible at what was a difficult time.

"We're more than happy with the lovely bungalow that they found us which keeps us close to our family, and lets us see our four grandchildren on a daily basis."

Cllr Julie Redfern, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Delivery of affordable rented and shared ownership properties continues to be a priority for UDC. We are firm with developers on the number they must supply on new sites. This is evident by the numbers of new affordable properties being completed.

"On top of this we continue to build our own council owned homes including temporary accommodation for those in immediate need of help.

"Our own housing, rural exception sites and changes to the Homelessness Strategy all help us to look after those in need within our district, and to keep communities vibrant. This work is something to be proud of."

Uttlesford District Council lets around 250 council properties each year from its own stock of almost 2,800, and nominates people to around 180 housing association vacancies from a stock of nearly 2,000. To be considered for these homes you need to be on the council's housing register. To do this you can go to www.homeoption.org and complete the online application form.

There are eligibility criteria for joining the housing register - if you are unsure whether you would qualify, or for more information on how to make an application, visit the website www.uttlesford.gov.uk/housing or contact the Housing Options Team on 01799 510510.