Home Group preferred partner in £67m scheme

Newcastle-based company Home Group consolidates position at forefront of housing generation

Mark Henderson, chief executive of Home Group
Mark Henderson, chief executive of Home Group

Newcastle-based housing provider Home Group has been named alongside Countryside Properties as one of Harlow Council’s preferred partners for a £67m scheme which will see more than 350 new homes built in Essex.

The two companies will work with the council to demolish dated homes on The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field estates in Harlow, replacing them with 361 modern, energy-efficient properties.

The proposals form part of Harlow Council’s Priority Estates Programme, which aims to improve the quality and provision of housing in the area, as part of wider plans promoting housing and employment growth in Harlow.

Home Group chief executive Mark Henderson said: “There is a desperate shortage of good quality affordable homes in the UK, especially in the south east.

“We are extremely pleased to have been named by the council alongside Countryside Properties as the preferred partner in this regeneration project.

“We’re looking forward to using our experience which we’ve gained through working on some of the largest regeneration projects in the UK to build modern homes for local people and create thriving neighbourhoods.”

The announcement will see Home Group, the UK’s fifth largest developer of affordable housing, consolidate its position at the forefront of housing regeneration.

The proposed masterplan for the scheme, to be designed by Gardner Stewart Architects, includes houses, bungalows and apartments, as well as three new parks with play facilities and a community centre that will be designed by residents for the residents. The plans also include parking and improved cycle and pedestrian routes.

A range of imaginatively designed new homes will be created to suit a range of lifestyles but all will be built to high standards of sustainability making them cost-effective to run and environmentally responsible. The majority of the new houses are proposed to be traditional two storey homes with private gardens, while each apartment will have its own private outdoor space in the form of a balcony.

Around 55% of the homes will be affordable housing and shared ownership managed by Home Group, adding to its significant stockholding in the area. Subject to the planning process, it is hoped work on site will begin in early 2015 with the first affordable homes complete in spring 2016.

Cllr Rod Truan, deputy council leader and cabinet portfolio holder for housing, said: “I am delighted that the council will be working with Countryside Properties and Home Group.

“Together we will continue to work with residents to bring this scheme to life.

“This redevelopment will help deliver the council’s priorities to provide more and better housing and to regenerate Harlow.

“This scheme will not only see brand new homes for local residents built but also create a new community.”

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