by Marco Cillario Fri 22 January 2016, 6:06 pm
Residents at an affordable housing development in Walthamstow are expressing satisfaction with their new homes.
The development opened on 5 November after a £4 million scheme turned part of a museum into flats and family houses.
Affordable homes provider Circle Housing Circle 33 redeveloped a part of the Pumphouse Transport Museum on South Access Road that was previously used for the storage of old vehicles, building 21 properties for shared ownership and affordable rent.
The homes were built using a modern brick and steel construction to complement the existing museum. Each of them has access to either a private balcony or garden.
Diana Mensah, who was living with her two children in a one-bedroom accommodation before moving into a two-bedroom flat at the new development, said: “It’s a lovely development and having the extra space is obviously really important to us. The location is also good, as it’s a nice quiet part of Walthamstow and we are close to a park, which is going to be great for my two children.”
Mario Cika and his family were previously living in a temporary accommodation in Leytonstone. He said: “The temporary accommodation was cramped and unclean. This is the complete opposite. It couldn’t be better – we think it’s a great development and we are very happy here.”
Karen Ayling, head of housing services for Circle Housing Circle 33 said: “This scheme delivers excellent quality and much needed affordable housing to Walthamstow.
“We are very proud that over the past few years we have built almost 500 new homes in Waltham Forest – with around 350 being affordable. We are keen to work in partnership with local authority to deliver more great developments like this one.”
Waltham Forest Council indicated it will continue to work with housing associations such as Circle to see new homes built in the borough and “to ensure there are good affordable quotas to meet the needs of all residents”.
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