The Harveyfields development is set to be named 'John Scott Court' after the council's former chief housing and district health officer who retired after working for the authority for 29 years.The development will see nine one and two-bedroom flats replacing the old block of council garages. Harveyfields is the first of several across the district with the next due to commence in Roundhills, Waltham Abbey, in the near future.
The Epping Forest MP said: "I am delighted to celebrate the beginning of the work to build new council housing in Waltham Abbey.
"Epping Forest District Council has taken advantage of the Government's financial changes which have allowed them to invest in this much needed project for the first time in decades.
Demand for affordable housing in this district continues to increase and the new properties will be let to families on the Council’s Housing Register. Local housing policy ensures that only people resident in the area for more than 3 years are eligible.
Over the next six years, the Council is planning to develop around 120 new homes across the district, to be let at ‘affordable rents’