• From disused garages to affordable homes

    From disused garages to affordable homes

    17 February 2012

    After years of neglect, the site of some former garages in Colchester is being transformed into 2 detached properties for those in housing need.

    For years the garages on Darwin Close stood empty, attracting anti-social behaviour and acting as a make-shift rubbish dump. When concerned residents petitioned for action to be taken on the notorious trouble spot, Colchester Borough Council stepped in and facilitated the transfer of the garages to Colne Housing, with the purpose of developing the site into much needed affordable homes.

    The new properties, which are in the first stages of being built, will comprise of 2 detached properties, each with 2 bedrooms, and will offer local families the opportunity to secure a new home at an affordable rent that is well below the market average. Each house has been designed with energy efficiency in mind, and will be built to level 3 of the code for sustainable homes.

    The scheme is being developed by Iceni Homes on behalf of Colne Housing Society.

    Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Colchester Borough Council commented, “With an ever increasing housing waiting list, we are delighted that we could help transform this site from one of neglect and disuse into something that will have an enormous benefit on the lives of two families that are in housing need. 

    Mike Goodson, Managing Director, Iceni Homes continued “Iceni’s emphasis is to create sustainable, well-designed and high-quality homes for those in housing need, and this scheme on Darwin Close is testament to that ethos.

    Mark Powell Davies, Colne Housing Society concluded,”we are delighted that work is under way on this new development and it is a demonstration of the strength of the partnership between Colne, Iceni and Colchester Borough Council that we can bring derelict land, such as these garages, back into use in such a positive way”

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