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Havering Council buys 80 homes in Romford to support local families

Left to right: Councillor Chapman, Cabinet Lead for Housing, Garry Green, from Mercury Land Holdings, Nick Langley, from Hollybrook, Councillor Damian White, Leader of the Council, and Patrick Odling-Smee, Director of Housing, outside some of the brand new Council family homes at Victory Place (credit: Havering Council) 

Havering Council has jointly purchased 82 homes in Romford to help tackle the shortage of family-sized homes in the borough. 

The brand new properties, which range from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom family homes, are part of the Hollybrook Development on Crow Lane.

The purchase means 33 four-bedroom and five three-bedroom homes will be used for affordable housing while the rest will be privately rented and run by Mercury Land Holdings. 

They are all expected to be available by autumn 2020 and the first units will be available in July. 

The purchase is part of the council’s wider plan to provide housing across the borough. This includes a programme to buy back former council properties and regeneration projects to build more homes. 

“While our regeneration projects are going to deliver new homes and communities in the future, we have to address the immediate shortage in short-term supply, especially the lack of four-bedroom affordable housing,” said Councillor Joshua Chapman, Cabinet Member of Housing.

“Purchasing the Crow Lane development will ensure we have a strong stock of good-quality homes for local families across Havering ready to move into now.”

Garry Green, Director of Mercury Land Holdings, said: “Our aim is to provide high quality, well managed homes for local people and Mercury Land Holdings is delighted to have acquired these units.

“Victory Place includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom private rented apartments. All the properties are brand new, high specification units and will give residents more choice and flexibility in the Havering housing market.”

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