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Swan Housing Association have announced they have received planning permission for its Bridge Point development in Hornchurch to enable them to rebuild those homes damaged in the fire at Bridge Point in January last year and that they expect to start work this summer.
Since the fire, Swan have been working closely with Havering Council to enable the damaged homes to be replaced with seven new one-bedroom flats as a 'like for like' replacement.
Planning was granted at the end of last year and Swan are now in the final stages of selecting a contractor to build these new homes, with a view to beginning work in summer 2018.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development said:
At Swan we are committed to delivering exemplar homes and communities and after the devastation of the fire at Bridge Point, I am pleased that we are now closer to replacing the damaged homes. We expect works to begin later this summer and to be completed late in 2019"
Within hours of the incident Swan's housing teams were on site working closely with residents to support those in need of alternative accommodation to be moved. Swan's estates services and repairs teams were on site over five days working to make the area safe for a number of residents to access their homes to gather their personal possessions and belongings. The replacement homes once complete will be available for local residents.
Sandra Fawcett Executive Director of Operations said:
Our teams worked with our partners at Havering Council, the emergency services, and other local agencies to support our residents during what was an incredibly difficult time for them. We are delighted that we can now move forward to replace the damaged homes. We will continue to support our residents until these works are completed and wish to thank them again for their continued resilience and support."