The Housing Committee was given an update about the Council’s house building programme which, having already delivered 40 new homes, is aiming to deliver a further 103 affordable homes for local residents on the Council’s Housing Register over the next two years.
The Council recently completed 16 homes in Whyteleafe and Warlingham, with a further 32 homes in Warlingham and Hurst Green completed by April next year. Another 21 family homes in Warlingham will shortly be tendered with a view to construction work starting on site in June 2020 and 34 homes are currently the subject of planning applications. Subject to planning consent being granted, these too will be tendered with a view to starting work next year.
The Committee agreed to:
- Seek grant funding from Homes England to help fund the Council’s new homes programme.
- Develop proposals for the re-development of garages at Auckland Road and Windmill Close, Caterham, to provide six new affordable rented houses.
- Increase budgets for three projects at Bronzeoak House, Uplands and Rochester Gardens and Town End to allow for increases in construction costs.
- Look at the possibility of buying back a small number of former council homes previously sold under Right to Buy, to increase the number of affordable homes available to let to local people.
- Allocate £400,000 to the Uplands scheme from Section 106 contributions from developers.
Chair of the Housing Committee, Councillor Liz Parker, said: “This work demonstrates the Council’s commitment to provide affordable housing for our residents. The Council will continue to actively find more sites.”