St. Modwen Homes has expanded its partnership with CHP, the Essex-based housing association, to deliver affordable homes at its Bennett’s Fields development in South Ockendon. The number of affordable homes at the development has increased, with CHP set to take management of 41 new homes to help meet local housing need.
The original agreement saw St. Modwen Homes handing over 23 one- and two-bedroom homes to CHP for affordable rent and shared ownership in the development. Working with the national housebuilder, Grant Funding from Homes England has now been secured to enable the registered provider to convert the remaining 18 one- and two-bedroom homes in the same building from open market sale to affordable rent, to further meet the affordable housing needs of the area.
This now means that 17% of the latest two phases of 230 homes at Bennett’s Field will be affordable. These homes will sit alongside the private residential and additional affordable properties, which have already proved popular due to the development’s easy access to Central London, town centre amenities, and high-speed internet connectivity.
Jeremy Attwater, Regional Managing Director South at St. Modwen Homes, adds: “We’re aware of the strong demand, particularly from local people, for both affordable and private residential homes in South Ockendon and so we’re pleased to be working with CHP to bring these much-needed new homes to the area. We look forward to watching the new community continue to grow here.”
Helen Shackleton, Assistant Director of Development, from CHP, comments: “Our aim is deliver high-quality, affordable homes to meet local housing need. We are pleased to be working with the team at St. Modwen Homes to deliver 41 new affordable homes at Bennett’s Field, and look forward to taking management of these homes over the coming weeks.”
St. Modwen Homes secured planning permission on the site in 2018 and has delivered 174 new homes to-date.
Based on the site of the former Ford Factory, Bennett’s Fields was the housebuilder’s first residential scheme in Essex and has seen the creation of a new public park, open spaces, and well-lit pedestrian and cycle routes. The development is also just a short walk from Ockendon train station, providing easy access into Central London and Essex.
Find out more about Bennett’s Fields, here: https://stmodwenhomes.co.uk/homes/bennetts-fields-south-ockendon/