Keys to first new council houses for 30 years handed to new tenants

02 Nov 2018

The keys to the first newly built council houses in Sutton for nearly 30 years have officially been handed over to the new tenants.

The Fellowes Road development in Carshalton was officially opened by the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Steve Cook, and provides 11 two-bedroomed and four three-bedroomed houses, two of which are wheelchair accessible with lifts, along with car parking spaces.  

Funding for the project has been provided with borrowing from the HRA (Housing Revenue Account) and money reinvested from right to buy sales.

At a ceremony held this week new tenants, Mr and Mrs Harvey, were presented with the keys to their new home by. Cllr Jayne McCoy,  Deputy Leader of Sutton Council and Chair of the Housing, Economy & Business Committee.

Mrs Harvey said: “I’m really impressed with the quality of the build and the size of the rooms. I’ve even got my own garden for the first time - I’ve already been out and got myself a new mower.”

Cllr Jayne McCoy,, said:  “We are proud to be delivering the first new built council housing in Sutton for nearly 30 years. This project is all about providing high quality homes for those families unable to find affordable quality housing in the private sector. I would like to thank our contractors Kind & Co who have been a joy to work with. Using a smaller, locally based contractor has proved to be an excellent decision with much of the labour force being local, and making use of local suppliers.”

Joint Managing Director of Kind & Company, Tony Battle, said: “Working with Sutton Council has been a genuine partnership.  We committed to building good quality homes and along with our partners have delivered this. The scheme was delivered on time and to budget and we’re proud to have been able to live up to the council’s expectation and we look forward to working collaboratively to deliver homes at the remaining developments.”

Award-winning architect, Bell Phillips, designed the new homes to a high specification, incorporating energy saving measures such as solar panels.

A new road - Denyer Close and a new terrace of houses - Iden Terrace has been created, named after historical local traders from Carshalton. The Denyers owned a Flour Mill on the Wandle in Carshalton (circa 1896) and Iden was a boot maker in Carshalton High Street (around 1913).

Building continues on sites in Alcester Road, Wallington and Richmond Green in Beddington. The work will be completed next year, delivering 93 new council homes in total to families on Sutton’s housing register.

For more information visit /newcouncilhousing

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