Swanscombe to Welcome New Affordable Homes for Retirees on Former Scout Hut Site

Swanscombe is set to welcome three new affordable bungalows for hard-up retirees on the former scout hut site on Milton Street. The project, led by the Consolidated Almshouse Charity of Swanscombe, aims to provide more social housing for those in need.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the one-bedroom homes, which will be located at the rear of Milton Street. The site was previously occupied by a scout hut, which was demolished over a decade ago. Glen Keeling, spokesperson for the project, expressed excitement for the long-awaited development, stating, “The project has been in the works for a few years and we are thrilled to see it finally come to fruition after receiving planning approval.”

The bungalows will be built using a timber frame to expedite the construction process. They will be available to qualifying individuals aged 55 and over with a connection to Swanscombe and Greenhithe, who are of limited financial means. Residents will be responsible for a weekly maintenance contribution, which is similar to rent but with a lower cost.

The new development will double the number of properties provided by the charity in the last five years, with plans to continue expanding in the future. In addition to the three bungalows, the brownfield site will also feature five parking spaces and a communal area for residents to enjoy. These social homes are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Consolidated Swanscombe Almshouse charity, with support from the Almshouse Association, has been self-funding housing for those in need for over a century. They are continuously fundraising and hope to provide more housing and employment opportunities for residents in the future. To learn more about the charity, click here.

The plans for the bungalows were approved by Dartford council in February, and the project is eagerly anticipated by the local community. These new affordable homes will not only provide much-needed housing for retirees, but also contribute to the revitalization of the former scout hut site on Milton Street.

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