Vital homes in Waltham Abbey move one step closer to completion

27 July 2023

A ‘topping out ceremony’ for a new residential development was held this week in Waltham Abbey at the site of the former Shernbroke Hostel. The event marks a key milestone in the construction of this development, which will deliver important new homes.

Work commenced in August 2022 on the site of what was a vacant and derelict building once used as a former hostel which reached the end of its use. The scheme, which will see 26 new homes being created, is being delivered by Essex Housing, Essex County Council’s in-house property developer setup to turn unused public land and assets into housing and community buildings.

This site is a perfect example of how Essex Housing is helping to deliver the new homes our county so desperately needs, as well as shaping great places for our residents to live and providing a return to the taxpayer. I’m delighted that we are now one step closer to delivering this scheme and look forward to seeing it progress.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Planning a Growing Economy

Once completed, the scheme will feature two apartment blocks that incorporate 10 modern apartments for adults with learning disabilities. Chelmer Housing Partnership (CHP) are a key partner in delivering the scheme and they will take ownership of all the completed homes when construction completes and will manage the site thereafter.

CHP are delighted to be working with Essex Housing on this latest development which will provide much needed supported housing and new affordable homes in Waltham Abbey. Through partnerships like this we’re able to deliver more high-quality homes to people who need them.

Helen Shackleton, Head of Growth at Chelmer Housing Partnership (CHP)

This new development is part of an exciting programme of over 1,000 new homes Essex Housing are bringing forward in the next five years, around half of which are either specialist or affordable housing to help older people and people with disabilities to live independently.