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Housing association completes largest land-led scheme in Braintree

Essex-based housing association CHP has taken handover of the final homes at their East Street development in Braintree.

The development is CHP’s largest land-led scheme to date. It has transformed a formerly derelict brownfield site to deliver 74 much needed affordable homes in the area.

44 of these homes are for affordable rent and 30 for shared ownership. The properties are comprised of one, two and three-bedroom flats and houses. The scheme was partly funded by a grant from Homes England.

All the shared ownership properties on this development are already sold. Any profit from these sales will be used by CHP to provide more affordable homes in the eastern region and improve and maintaining their existing properties. The affordable rent properties will be allocated by Braintree District Council.

In line with its Environmental Sustainability Strategy, all properties have infrastructure in place for the future installation of electric car chargers.  The development also includes public open space with a play area for children. CHP will manage this area which will open to the public in the spring. To protect local wildlife six bird boxes, two bat boxes, one hedgehog house and one insect house have been installed across the development.

During the construction process, CHP was able to provide skills training to it’s plumbing apprentice. They also provided a total of 24 working weeks of construction skills training to several young people from Essex Youth Build- a Chelmsford based charity offering construction and employability skills training.

Growth and Partnership Director Carl Hockey said: “We are incredibly proud to have taken handover of the final homes on our biggest land-led development to date at East Street in Braintree. The scheme has provided 74 much needed affordable homes showing our ongoing commitment to help tackle the housing crisis in our region. We continue to be commitment to providing homes for people that they can afford, in places they want to live and call home.”

CHP would like to thank Rose Builders, Ingleton Wood Architects, Oxbury & Co Employers Agents and Birketts Solicitors for all their hard work on this development.