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Issued: October 6, 2017
Waltham Abbey Town Council hails new district council homes as "great addition" to town's housing stock
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Waltham Abbey Town Council has welcomed first phase of Epping Forest District Council's housebuilding programme which today saw the official opening of a development of flats at Harveyfields.
John Scott Court is a development of nine homes to be let to residents in housing need.
It is the first phase of the district council's housebuilding programme to provide 23 new affordable rented energy-efficient homes in Waltham Abbey.
Waltham Abbey Town Council leader councillor Liz Webster said: "We are delighted to see the opening of these new homes in Waltham Abbey.
"They are of a very high design and build standard, and make a great addition to the housing stock locally."
The development is named after John Scott who was the district council's district health and housing officer and joint chief executive and was the chief officer responsible for the council's housing service for 18 years.
He worked for the council for a total of 29 years before he retired in 2007.
Epping Forest District Council's plan to develop more than 300 new council homes over the next ten years is now well underway.
The new homes are mainly being built on former under-used garage sites.
Phase 2, scheduled for completion by next March, will see 51 affordable rented flats and houses built on Burton Road, Loughton, while Phase 3 promises 34 new properties over eight sites in Epping, North Weald and Coopersale.
All properties will be owned and managed by Epping Forest District Council and let to local residents in housing need.
Guests at the opening of John Scott Court also viewed a development of six houses and flats at Hockley Court, named after Fred Hockley, a long-time resident of Waltham Abbey and member of the Red Cross.