The first Havering Council properties to be built in over 20 years were given the stamp of approval last week (Friday 1 August)  by Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Damian White. He donned his hard hat at Garrick House sheltered scheme in Hornchurch, which will see two single storey extensions added to the blocks. This will create nine new self-contained one and two bedroom bungalows for the over 55s. These properties are the first in a series of new Council developments, which will include 70 new homes being built over currently underused land.

To fund the new bungalows, the Council has added £1.01m to a grant of £256,500 from the GLA (Greater London Authority). The work will be carried out by contractors, Quadrillion Construction.

One of the main aims of the project is to help older people move from larger, difficult-to-maintain family homes to new modern bungalows. This in turn will free up larger properties for young families who desperately need more space.

The existing sheltered scheme is a Council owned development set in the communal grounds within Adelphi Crescent. The main block has 28 self-contained properties and the smaller block has a further 12 self-contained flats. The new scheme will include the nine new homes as well as appropriate parking provision.

Councillor Damian White, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“It’s great news that work has now started at Garrick House. This is the first step in creating more homes for local people, and given the demand in Havering, it’s crucial that we’re able to create high quality properties that  residents really need.”

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Councillor Damian White toasts the start of work with builders’ favourite, a cup of tea

Left to right: Havering Council’s Keith Andrews joins Councillor Carol Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Damian White and Paul Chase and Trevor Mingail from contractors, Quadrillion. Council staff, Kelly Myers and Paul Bligh were also on hand to celebrate the start of the work.