Canning Town: New homes to develop community feeling

As part of the long-term regeneration vision, construction of homes in the Fife Road neighbourhood of Canning Town is set to be launched.

The council-award contract to Countryside Properties and affordable housing provider Affinity Sutton, with initially deliver 139 homes, of which more than 30 per cent will be deemed affordable.

Future phases of the development will see a total of 649 homes, for private sale and affordable rent, and a new council paid-for replacement of Keir Hardy School.

Most of the homes are designed to ‘lifetime homes’ standard, 10 per cent are suitable for disabled people, and a mixture of affordable homes are ‘pepper potted’ throughout the development

This will say planners provide genuinely mixed communities and socially sustainable regeneration of the area.

A broad range of different home types are planned from one and two bedroom apartments up to three and four bedroom maisonettes and houses for larger families.

Pre-enabling works will begin on site shortly with the main works beginning in June 2011. The first phase will be completed in 2013.

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Sue Cooper, Head of Housing for Affinity Sutton, described the go-ahead as fantastic while the council’s executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, Cllr Conor McAuley, added: “We have been working very hard to secure the future of the scheme so I’m delighted that our plans to radically transform the area for residents and businesses are coming to fruition.”

Richard Cherry, Deputy Chairman of Countryside Properties said it was very satisfying to have the green light for the keenly anticipated and badly needed housing regeneration in Canning Town.

“This regeneration will bring significant benefits for the area, creating high quality homes and local employment opportunities,” he added.