Council accepts keys to its first new social rent homes on Marlowe Road

11 December 2018
Collecting the keys for new properties at Marlowe Road

Waltham Forest Council has accepted the keys to 34 new social rent apartments on the new  Countryside development of Marlowe Road estate in Walthamstow this week, the first social rented homes that will be built as part of that redevelopment.

Hopson House is one of the first blocks to be completed as part of the Council’s Marlowe Road regeneration scheme.. When complete, the Marlowe Road redevelopment will include a new library, children’s play area and public plaza alongside 436 new homes and retail premises.

Waltham Forest Leader, Councillor Clare Coghill, said: “These new family apartments are fantastic – really spacious, and built to a high quality. I’m proud to be a part of a council that is delivering on the key pledges that local people should have a decent roof over their heads and that we will build as many social rent homes as we can across the borough.

“Having a good quality, affordable home opens up opportunities for families, and especially young people, to improve their life chances and succeed in Waltham Forest.

“I am delighted to accept these 34 social rent apartments and look forward to the rest becoming available as this five year building programme progresses.”

Managing Director of Countryside plc, Andy Fancy, said: “Countryside is proud to be working in partnership with Waltham Forest Council to deliver high quality housing as quickly as possible. Our shared commitment to local people can be seen through our delivery of the current phase of apartments.

“I am particularly proud to hand over these 34 social rent homes early, meaning families should be able to move in before Christmas.”

In total the scheme includes:

  • Building 436 new homes including:
    • 150 for social rent
    • 18 for shared ownership which were handed over to the Council in September 2018.
  • Building 1,193  sq metres of commercial space including new shops
  • A new public plaza in Wood Street
  • Creating a new library space and then moving the Wood Street Library to this new facility
  • A new children’s play area
  • Landscaping and planting, including trees and a water feature
  • New footpaths
  • New cycle routes
  • Bicycle parking for each home and visitor cycle parking provided within the plaza.

More information: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/Feature17