Greenfields explores working together with neighbouring housing association

Greenfields explores working together with neighbouring housing association
24th July 2019 James Calnan
Emma Palmer and Sara Thakkar

On Tuesday, 23 July, 2019, Chief Executive Emma Palmer wrote to all Greenfields residents about an exciting potential partnership with neighbouring housing association, Colne Housing. Below is the letter, and you can download our joint press release to local media here: Greenfields and Colne begin partnership talks


Greenfields explores working together with neighbouring housing association

We have been looking at whether joining forces with other housing associations would allow us to further improve the services we offer you, while providing many more affordable homes for those who need them.

Working together means we could pool our strengths to build more homes, which are desperately-needed by current and future generations.

I am pleased to let you know that Greenfields Community Housing is exploring working with Essex-based Colne Housing, which currently provides homes in Braintree, Colchester and other parts of north Essex.

We were approached by Colne with this exciting opportunity which could potentially allow us to invest more in genuinely affordable homes, services and communities for years to come.

I would like to reassure you that your home is not at risk and there will be no change to the services you currently receive from Greenfields Community Housing. The talks are at a very early stage and we are committed to keeping you updated and involved.

We believe a partnership would enable us to work more alongside you and strengthen your say in how we create the services and support you want.

Colne is a top rated, financially strong and well-established locally-focused organisation with residents at the heart of all they do. You can find out more about them at

Any formal partnership would not take shape until April 2020 at the earliest. We will update you when we have more to say.

In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns please contact our Customer Service Centre by emailing or calling 01376 535400.


Yours sincerely

Emma Palmer
Chief Executive
Greenfields Community Housing