A £3.8m affordable housing development in Walthamstow officially opened last Thursday (24th March), much to the delight of its new residents.
Circle Housing Circle 33’s new development on Beaconsfield Road is built on the site of the former Francis House care home, which was closed by the local authority in 2011 due a reduction in people being placed in residential care.
The development has a total of 30 homes which are all for either shared ownership or affordable rent. The scheme is mixture of smaller apartments and over ten larger two storey family homes.
Sunha Khan and her family previously rented a small flat from the local authority before moving to their new four bedroom home at the development in October.
She said: “Where I lived before was very cramped, which meant my children didn’t have their own space. We didn’t even have enough room for cupboards, so we had to keep my daughter’s clothes in boxes.
“Now they have their own rooms, which gives them plenty of privacy and has allowed them to put their own stamp on it. We also have a nice garden and the kids come back from school every day very excited to be able to play out there. I still can’t believe I’m here in my new home – it’s lovely here. And the neighbours are all lovely as well.”
Iain Taylor, Regional Director for Development (London) for Circle Housing said: “We are committed not only to delivering good quality homes but to creating communities, which will enable families and residents to thrive. It is particularly pleasing that this scheme delivers a sizable number of substantial family homes, which so are desperately needed in the borough.”
Asif Hussain, 38, and his family moved into a three bedroom home at the development having spent a number of years in over crowded accommodation near Whipps Cross. He said: “My kids are absolutely delighted to be in their new home. They have been very excited and I have had lots of requests from them about how they want to do the garden and what furniture they would like me to buy. It’s very nice and peaceful here, and it has very good transport links.”
The scheme is built around a new residential road that connects Longfellow and Beaconsfield Road. The road connects the surrounding area to the neighbouring Kelmscott Secondary School and Walthamstow Leisure Centre.
Circle Housing has built over 300 homes in the borough over the past few years, including an innovative self build scheme and the redevelopment of the pump house museum site.