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Handshake secures first council housing scheme in 30 years

Published Monday, 27 October 2014

An exciting partnership set up to fund and build new affordable and private rental homes in Enfield has been agreed between Enfield Council and Kier Property, the development arm of the Kier Group.

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Through Enfield Innovations Limited, a newly formed company which is wholly owned by Enfield Council, funding has been raised for the development and this enables the Council to retain the private rental properties.

The development plan consists of Kier building new homes on seven small sites across the borough. On six of the sites, the original council owned bedsits were no longer fit for purpose, and the seventh site was a disused garage.

The new development of 94 new residential homes comprise: 37 affordable homes (20 social for rent; 17 for shared ownership) and 57 private rented homes.

The land, which has now been cleared, is being prepared to build a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, all within three miles of Enfield town centre. Building work will start on the first two sites in December 2014.

The design and specification of the properties has been agreed by the partnership, with the affordable housing retained by the Council.

To speed up construction and reduce disruption to local residents an off-site construction method will be used to provide houses that are more environmentally friendly and meet a high level of the ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing & 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.”

Phillippa Prongue, Director at Kier Project Investment, said: “We are delighted to be working with Enfield Council to deliver improved housing in the area.

"This is a highly innovative risk-sharing partnership agreement between the Council and Kier Property to finance and build new housing, and we expect to see similarly bold initiatives from other local authorities as they seek to follow Enfield’s lead in addressing the shortage of housing.”

Cllr Andrew Stafford, said, “Kier Property was among a number of companies bidding for this work. Their bid demonstrated their sound professional experience and the strongest financial offer.”

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