New-build bungalow schemes steam ahead

By Jim Dunton - Fri 3 January 2014, 3:45 pm

A project to build 38 bungalows to meet the council home needs of older borough residents is making good progress, Barking and Dagenham Council has said.

In a new year construction update on the programme, the authority said that completion of the homes - on two sites in Dagenham - was expected between March and May.

Twenty six bungalows, plus a wheelchair-adapted house, are being built at Alex Guy Gardens, on the former site of Wood Lane Leisure Centre.

Meanwhile, 12 similar bungalows are under construction at the Luke Allsopp Square development, on the site of the former Lawns Residential Home, in Rainham Road North.

Councillor Mick McCarthy, Barking’s housing lead, said there was high demand for the new homes and that priority was being given to older council tenants who had spare bedrooms in their current properties.

“We're building hundreds of new council homes in Barking and Dagenham, ranging from one bedroom apartments to family-sized houses, and these bungalows are an important part of that mix,” he said.

“These will be ideal homes for tenants who are perhaps living in a council house that has grown too big for them.

"They will get a fantastic new home that is right for them, and we can reallocate their house to a local family.”

The new developments are named after soldiers killed in recent conflicts. They are being built by contractor Lakehouse.



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