Residents of a new development in Walthamstow have spoken warmly about how their new homes have changed their lives, as the flagship scheme by Circle Housing reaches the halfway stage.
Banbury Park is a 350-home scheme which replaces disused warehouses, industrial works and an electronics factory on Billet Road. To date, over 160 residents have moved into shared ownership and affordable homes at the new development.
Imran Khan, 29 and her two children (aged 6 and 1) moved into a two-bedroom flat at Banbury Park in April having previously been staying with her family.
She said: “It was very cramped living at my parents as I was sharing a room with my two children and my sister. But this place (Banbury Park) is so spacious, and the kids now have their own room. It’s just around the corner from my daughter’s school and still close to family – the location is perfect. It’s a lovely area for children to grow up in and the flat has amazing views across London. We feel so lucky to be here and it’s nice that the kids now have a home of their own to go back to every day.”
Alysha Lansfield, 32, was also living with parents prior to moving in to a two-bedroom flat at the scheme earlier this year.
She was sharing a bed with her two sons (aged 7 and 8) and struggled to find a home of her own. Alysha said: “I was rejected for a mortgage and couldn’t afford to rent a home of this size privately on my wage. But moving to Banbury Park has made a massive difference to us, the boys love it here. It’s so nice to have our own space and the boys love their room.”
Iain Taylor, Director of Development for Circle Housing said: “At Banbury Park, we are not only transforming under-utilised brownfield land into much needed homes, we are building a vibrant community where people are proud to live. This scheme is a great example of our ongoing commitment to the borough, and in particular our plans to help to address the chronic shortage of housing.”
Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing at Waltham Forest Council, said: “Providing more modern, affordable housing for our residents is one of the Council’s top priorities, so it’s great to see that people have already moved into Banbury Park and are speaking so positively about their new homes.”
Over 2,400 square feet of retail and commercial space will also be created to house a major new retail unit, as well as smaller shops, boutique stores and business premises. It will also have landscaped community spaces, shops, offices, and a public square that will help to continue the regeneration of the area.
The £70m project, which saw the removal of 16 WWII air raid shelters during the early demolition stages, will be completed in 2017. More information about shared ownership and private sale homes at Banbury Park can be found online at http://www.banburypark.co.uk/