Goldlay Square, a 32 unit development in Chelmsford, is part of a wider £42 million project to help tackle Essex’s housing shortage.
The development was the site of ECC's former library headquarters before it became surplus to requirements in 2015. It is now an exceptional residential development that offers much needed housing. The development has recently been shortlisted in the ‘Inside Housing Development Awards 2018’ for the ‘Best Development (under 70 units) Award’.
Comprising of 23 apartments for private sale and 9 affordable units, the site consists of three buildings which face onto a central garden area incorporating artwork from renowned artist Les Bicknall.
Cabinet member for Economic Development at ECC, Cllr Gagan Mohindra said: “The completion of Goldlay Square represents a real milestone in our mission to tackle the county’s housing shortage.”
“It is an exceptional development, built on surplus brownfield land at the heart of the city. With the launch of these homes, Essex Housing have not only created much needed housing, they have transformed a previously underutilised site.”
Essex Housing was set up to help tackle the housing shortage by redeveloping surplus buildings and land at risk of lying empty and drifting into disrepair. The council recognises the importance housing plays in enabling a broad range of positive outcomes for the residents of Essex.
Working with local councils and other public sector bodies like the NHS, ECC is spending £42 million to speed up the supply of much-needed housing.
The innovative approach by Essex Housing is attracting significant interest nationally. It is already bringing forward a total of 605 homes on a range of sites across the county, 266 of which already have planning permission secured.
The in house developer has recently started work on 26 new homes at Moulsham Lodge in Chelmsford and has just completed 6 affordable units which will be sold to a registered provider, in Norton Road, Brentwood.
Meanwhile, feasibility studies are complete or underway for another 27 potential development sites.
Details of the properties can be found here .