Construction work has begun on 38 new homes split across two sites in Dagenham.
A total of 38 bungalows for the elderly are being built on the site of the former Wood Lane Sports Centre and at the site of the former Lawns Care Home in Rainham Road North.
Barking and Dagenham Council, which is leading the project, said the properties were expected to be ready by March next year.
Speaking at a ground-breaking event for the schemes, housing lead Councillor Phil Waker said there was high demand from existing council tenants for the kind of homes being built and that “downsizing” tenants would free up larger homes for families.
“It is particularly satisfying to see two council owned sites being put to good use,” he said.
“Whether it is old garage sites or locations of disused buildings, we have a proven track record in Barking and Dagenham for using empty sites for housing if it’s appropriate.
“We have around 1,300 affordable or social units in the pipeline, making us one of the biggest builders of affordable homes in the country.”
Construction firm Lakehouse is building the properties.
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