Council house building and affordable homes

Our vision is to secure the delivery of homes that can be afforded by local people and which provide a wider choice of tenure, type and size of housing. Achieving that aim is, of course, easier said than done.

We cannot solve all of the district’s housing issues, but we can work in partnership to influence new housing delivery, to deliver our own building programme, to maximise the amount of affordable housing in new developments and importantly to have an ongoing conversation with local people to try to ensure we deliver the right homes in the future.

The council is busy building new council houses and finding suitable sites to be developed into affordable homes for residents on the housing register who cannot afford to buy or rent a home on the open market.

This year, these housing developments will become homes:

  • Auckland Road, Caterham – 3 homes
  • Bronzeoak, Caterham – 26 homes
  • Rochester Gardens, Caterham – 5 homes
  • Town End, Caterham – 2 homes
  • Windmill Close, Caterham – 3 homes
  • Uplands, Warlingham – 21 homes

Over the next five years, we have plans to build 200 affordable, rented homes with most of these being built on council owned land. Subject to planning approval, our plans include:

  • Redeveloping a site on Stanstead Road, Caterham, to provide 4 three bedroom homes.
  • 35 new homes across Blindley Heath, Dormansland and Oxted.
  • Demolishing Pelham House in Caterham and building 10 family homes.

The council is currently in the process of buying land from the Ministry of Defence in Grove Road, Caterham. The purchase would enable the delivery of a scheme of up to 16 new affordable family rented homes.

We have appointed an architect to evaluate the development of part of the council’s depot at Mill Lane in Hurst Green to build 22 homes. This will be part of a public consultation later this year.

In addition, we will be buying back 10 ex-council owned homes, bought by tenants in the Right to Buy scheme.

The Housing Committee has agreed, with money from the government’s Local Authority Housing Fund, to buy seven properties in the district which will initially become homes for Ukrainian and Afghan families fleeing war. These homes will become part of our housing stock and in the future will be rented to residents on the housing register.

The council works with housing associations, developers and landowners to secure sites and funding for new affordable housing which includes rented and shared ownership homes.

Our partnership working with housing associations will see the delivery of 48 new homes for affordable rent, through Clarion Housing Group, at the former Rose and Young site in Caterham and eight new homes, through Mount Green Housing Association, at Broadleaf Place in Caterham. There are also four Discounted Market Sale properties at the Chartwell Land and New Homes Oldencraig development in Lingfield, which are available at a reduced sale price for first time buyers either living in the district or with a strong connection here.

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