First council homes in 30 years

Wed 26 November 2014, 2:44 pm

A partnership to fund and build new homes in Enfield, some of which will be the first council properties to be built in the borough for 30 years, has been set up between the council and developer Kier Property.

Funding has been raised by Enfield Innovations – a newly formed company owned by the authority – for Kier to build homes on seven small sites across the borough, after it was found that council-owned bedsits on six of the sites were “no longer fit for purpose”. The seventh site is a disused garage.

Enfield Council said 94 homes will be built, 37 of which will be affordable, with 20 for social rent and 17 for shared ownership. The remaining 57 properties will be for private rent. Homes will be built with one, two, three and four bedrooms and will be designed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Building work is due to start next month (December).

Councillor Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing and regeneration, said: “This approach is helping us to deal with an urgent need for quality housing for local people.

"The appointment of Kier Property as our chosen development partner to complete the small housing sites project ensures that we produce good council-owned property for the families that need it.”