New-build social homes allocated to downsizers

Farm Close, Egham

Four new social housing homes have been built in Egham by Runnymede Borough Council, and new tenants have moved in having downsized from larger properties to free up space for other families.

The flats, in Farm Close, are the second recent construction project for the Council after 12 new homes were built in the borough last year.

The development includes four flats with double bedrooms, communal gardens and parking spaces. The properties are ideally situated for local facilities and Staines town centre.

These high quality, cost efficient homes benefit from flood protection measures, high efficiency gas-fired central heating systems, photovoltaic panels, acoustic glazing and Secured by Design accreditation.

Supporting local people

Councillor Jacqui Gracey, Chair of the Council's Housing Committee, said: "This new development is another example of the Council's commitment to creating new housing to support local people where we are able to. We are pleased to help local residents to remain in the Borough."

Creating more Council-owned homes in Runnymede is a priority, and the Council has gained planning permission for more new homes in Addlestone and Egham which will be available in the next few years, as well as the 12 properties in Englefield Green which have already been completed.

Help other families

Priority for letting has been given to social housing tenants vacating a larger property in Runnymede, in order to benefit other families waiting for a home.

Century of affordable homes

News of the new homes and the planning permission for the next round of Council housing construction comes as the country marks the centenary of the Addison Act, which kick-started council house building in the UK.

Construction work was carried out by RJ Leighfield & Sons Limited as the main contractor and Madlins as the Council's agent.

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