District council unveils plan for development of affordable homes
PUBLISHED: 08:11 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:35 26 January 2018
Uttlesford District Council has put forward a redevelopment proposal for a site in Little Dunmow which would provide 16 council homes.
The new homes, at The Moors, would be built in place of 12 council-owned bungalows which are showing signs of growing subsidence.
According to the council, 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.
Councillor Julie 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.”