Old blocks make way for new housing

Wed 17 October 2012, 11:21 am

Demolition work has begun on six former sheltered housing blocks being cleared to make way for a new mix of private and council-owned family housing.

Contractor Clifford Devlin has started work at Jasper Close in Enfield Wash and Tudor Crescent in Enfield Chase and is due to continue with the remaining sites at Forty Hill, Lavender Hill, St George’s Road, and Parsonage Lane.

Enfield Council said it required a development partner to work on-site from September next year, with the first of the new-build properties expected to be complete from mid-2014.

Housing lead, councillor Ahmet Oykener said the outdated blocks would be replaced with properties that conformed with London Housing Design Guide standards.

“These blocks were built as small sheltered bedsits in the 1950s and 60s,” he said.

“They had shared washing facilities and although acceptable at the time, they are outdated and have not been occupied for many years.

“Enfield is well provided with sheltered accommodation, but there is a pressing need for family housing.

“The blocks are not suitable for refurbishment since their original construction was based on single person living.

“We intend to have all six sites cleared ready for redevelopment by spring 2013 with plans for 80 new private and council family homes.”