The sale of a six home development, providing accommodation for adults with disabilities, has now completed.
The site at Norton Road in Ingatestone was previously a children’s home and has been developed by Essex Housing, the council's in-house property developer.
Essex Housing is working to tackle housing shortages by pledging £42m over the next five years to develop unused, taxpayer’s land into much needed affordable and private housing across the county.
Work on the 0.20 acre site began in October 2017 and practical completion took place in July 2018. The site consists of six independent living units which have now been sold to Larch Housing Association, a registered provider of social housing, with Essex County Council Social Care retaining the right to place adults with disabilities there who are most in need of this type of accommodation.
Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr Gagan Mohindra said: “This development will provide much needed housing for those that most need it. This site is yet another perfect example of how Essex Housing is striving to build the homes our county so desperately needs, while using land or buildings that are unused or vacant.”
Wayne Feltham, Director at Larch Housing Association said: “The completion of Norton Road will provide more housing for residents who most need it, providing them with safe, secure accommodation to call home.”
Norton Road connects directly to Ingatestone High Street, providing access to its retail, commercial and community services.
Cllr Lesley Wagland, County Councillor for Ingatestone said: “Local residents have told me how delighted they are to see the transformation of this disused property into an attractive, well maintained building on this prominent corner site. The Essex Housing team are to be congratulated for providing comfortable, accessible new homes for those with disabilities and for improving the outlook for the residents of Norton Road and surrounding areas.”
Last month Essex Housing launched their Flagship development Goldlay Square.
They have also started work on a 26 home development in Waltham Glen, Moulsham Lodge.