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Group appointed to regenerate Harold Hill 13 July 2010

Countryside Properties and Notting Hill Housing Trust have been appointed by Havering Council to build around 170 new homes on the 7.2 acre former sheltered housing sites at Darlington and Chippenham Gardens in Hilldene, Harold Hill, Essex.

Demolition of the rundown buildings is expected to start during the summer while the start on site for new development is due in 2011.  The sites will be transformed to provide mainly affordable homes for rent and shared ownership, together with homes for private sale.  This much-needed mixed-tenure development will be delivered with financial support from the Homes and Communities Agency.


Lead member for housing at Havering Council, Councillor Lesley Kelly said:  “We are delighted to appoint Notting Hill and Countryside Properties as the preferred partners.  While all the bids we received were of a high standard, Notting Hill and Countryside Properties offered the best quality of housing and offered value for money.  We look forward to working with Notting Hill and Countryside Properties on this exciting new development in Harold Hill.”

John Hughes, Group Development Director from Notting Hill Housing said:  “We are very pleased with this opportunity to work the Council and local residents to reinvigorate the area for the benefit of the whole community in Harold Hill.  Notting Hill Housing is no longer just a West London organisation.  We want to work with communities across the capital to provide new places to live that relate to the local context and enhance the neighbourhood.”

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Notting Hill Housing Group is one of the largest, most experienced, innovative and financially secure Housing Associations in the UK, employing approximately 800 staff and managing over 25,000 homes and housing over 55,000 people. Since its inception in 1963 the group has assisted 5,500 people to purchase their own home.

The Group is a passionate and progressive organisation that provides a complete range of products and services to help people get on in life. As well as providing homes for everyone from the homeless to first-time buyers, with a strong focus of creating lasting neighbourhoods and communities, the company also runs a series of award-winning employment and training initiatives. The group’s overall goal is to ensure that they build more than homes, they build futures.

Notting Hill Housing Group’s mixed tenure schemes include affordable, intermediate and market rent, plus shared ownership and discounted market sale, outright sale together with supported housing and regeneration projects, while its mixed-use schemes, include commercial developments that are managed by the commercial properties company.

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Information correct as at 14/07/2010