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Work begins on new retirement village in Hornchurch

The ground breaking ceremony was attended by former resident Alan Jones (far left) and representatives from Havering Council and Wates Residential 

A new retirement village is being built in Hornchurch. 

Havering Council and Wates Residential held a ground breaking ceremony at the Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts to mark the start of work to create 175 new homes in the area. 

The properties will be for local people who are approaching, or who have reached, retirement age and the site will feature a residents’ lounge. 

A range of indigenous trees and shrubs will be planted in public and private spaces throughout the village. 

Green and brown roofs are also going to be put on all the new residential buildings to provide habitats for local plants and wildlife. 

Of the 175 new homes, 80 will be for affordable rent, 54 for shared ownership and the rest will be for open market sale. 

A former resident of Serena Court, Alan Jones, was invited to attend the ground breaking ceremony alongside council leader Damian White, councillor Robert Benham, councillor Dilip Patel and director of regeneration Neil Stubbings. 

Alan, who was rehomed from the site to allow for the regeneration project to start, said: “It’s been so nice to be back to see the progress on site today.

“The plans look great and I’ve already said that I want to return when the homes are ready. I can’t wait to get back!”

Councillor Damian White added: “Havering Council and Wates Residential are working in partnership to design and build homes that put local people first. Here at Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts the needs of these people will be met with excellent facilities for those who are approaching or have reached retirement age.

“Whatever their age or stage in life, they deserve quality homes that are fit for the future. This is why we are investing heavily to solve the borough’s housing needs and to help our local communities be the best they can be.”

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