Newhomes Marton Close

Tenants in Enfield are now enjoying their new homes as the first residents to be placed in brand new properties as part of a programme to increase Council Housing stock.

Following the handover of four new properties, several tenants are now living in brand new homes in Marton Close (off popular Dixon Close) after the council were successful in purchasing eleven properties from the new development.

The council is purchasing eight properties secured through a section 106 (Town & Country Planning Act 1990) and has also agreed to purchase three more ‘off plan’. The properties include:

  • Two 2 bedroom bungalows
  • Two 2 bedroom houses
  • One 3 bedroom house
  • Six 1 bedroom flats

The purchases come as part of the £12.5m Council Housing Growth Programme which was agreed in January 2017 with a number of options to increase the Council’s housing stock.

Councillor Matt Dormer, Leader of the Council, said: “Housing is a top priority for this council and the purchase of these new properties is just the first step towards developing our housing stock. It will allow us to quite literally ‘unlock’ properties within Redditch and place deserving tenants in good quality homes.

“With the suggested changes to the Housing Register also on the horizon, we’ll not only be able to help make up the shortage in social housing but also ensure that they’re going to local people.”

Councillor Craig Warhurst, whose portfolio covers housing, said: “With no new houses physically built by the council in the past 20 years, these properties are our first ‘foot in the door’ as part of our home building plans and our commitment to Unlock Redditch. This is only the start of rebuilding our Housing stock; our new plans include building and purchasing more social and affordable housing which will help to support demand.”

Chelsea-Mae, a resident at one of the new properties, said: "It is such a lovely area to live, it's quiet and all the neighbours are very friendly. There are shops and a park for the children close by which is a massive bonus! Moving into a new home is always stressful and worrying but the house itself is lovely and it wasn't stressful at all as all the décor etc. is brilliant!"

Options to increase the amount of council housing available in the borough, as part of this 3 year programme, include purchasing properties, commissioning the construction of new housing stock, purchasing units from developers through S106 bidding, purchasing properties ‘off plan’ on developments, regenerating the existing housing stock, purchasing stock from other registered providers and buy back or mortgage rescue schemes.