The opening of a 25-home development was celebrated on 7 November with an event to bring the community together
The homes were officially opened by Jasmine Hiom, a pupil at St Andrews Junior School. She won a competition to name the new road Fitch Close in memory of a popular teacher, Joyce Fitch, who was a pupil and then taught at the old Hatfield Peverel School for 26 years and sadly died three years ago.
Jasmine felt it was a perfect opportunity to honour Joyce, as she “became part of the school community for over half her life.” Relatives of Joyce also came along to celebrate the homes and pay tribute to Joyce.
The 25 new homes, which are a mixture of affordable rent and shared ownership, replace 16 unity properties built in the 1950s as a quick and cheap type of temporary housing.
Local councillors from Braintree District Council and Hatfield Peverel Parish Council, partners on the project, residents and Greenfields’ new Chief Executive, Emma Palmer, also came to mark the unveiling of the modern homes.
Emma, who began at Greenfields in October, said: “Building new homes and creating communities is very important to Greenfields, and it’s fantastic to see residents settling into their new neighbourhood. Special thanks to Orwell, who managed the project, and to local residents for their patience whilst the work has been completed.”
Greenfields is currently building homes in areas including Tiptree, Halstead, Cressing, Witham and Saffron Walden, and have built more than 500 homes since 2012.
Find out more about our new developments, including what’s available for shared ownership here: www.greenfieldsch.org.uk/about-us/new-homes/