Fresh Start for Mill Farm Close – Residents move into new homes
Councillors and residents joined Catalyst Housing and Higgins Construction on Thursday to celebrate as the first tenants moved into their new homes at Mill Farm Close, Harrow.
The Leader of Harrow Council, Cllr Bill Stephenson and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Bob Currie joined Catalyst Director of Customer Services John Foxall in presenting long term Mill Farm Close resident, Shireene Burrowes with a bouquet of flowers as she showed them round her new home.
Mill Farm Close is currently undergoing a £22 million pound regeneration which will see 158 new homes including the provision of much needed family houses. This includes new homes for Catalyst tenants living on the estate, shared ownership properties and homes for private sale.
Residents have helped shape the design of the estate from the very beginning and tenants have chosen wall colours, floor coverings and kitchen units for their new homes, as well as having a choice of the location of their new home where possible. The new homes are also highly energy efficient and sustainable – a huge improvement on the poorly insulated homes that are being demolished and should mean lower fuel costs for tenants.
Miss Burrowes, who has lived on the estate for 12 years, recently moved into a brand new three bedroom house with her two daughters, aged 10 and 14.
She said: “Moving into my new house was like winning the lottery, I think I cried about five times on the day I got the keys. This new house is a fresh start and it means everything for me and my family.’
Portfolio Holder for Housing Cllr Bob Currie said:
“We are working in tough times, where the demand for housing is high and the availability is low, so this is an excellent addition to the borough. Harrow Council has worked closely with the housing association on this development to ensure residents are involved every step of the way. The development is transforming not just the bricks and mortar of the estate, but also helping to build on the great sense of community spirit there.
As many as seven apprenticeship schemes have been created as part of the building works for local people. This is creating work, opportunities and the chance of future employment for tenants and residents.”
Catalyst’s Director of Customer Services John Foxall said:
“This is what regeneration is really about, seeing the impact that a transformed estate can really make. This regeneration is already making has already made a difference and has helped people on the estate into training and employment. Catalyst is here for the long haul – helping to build a better future for Mill Farm Close.’