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Press Release

Second phase of new Council housing project complete

Date: 18 December 2017

Brentwood Borough Council has completed the second phase of new Council housing to be built in the Borough for 25 years.

Knights Square in Hutton was formerly a garage site housing 52 garages and attracted anti-social behaviour. It has now been transformed into newly developed housing for the residents of Brentwood.

The site now has 4 single-storey properties to be held under our supported housing stock for older residents. It was named Knights Square in memory of Malcolm Knights, Brentwood Borough Council’s former Head of Housing, whose hard work and dedication started the journey towards building new homes for people in Brentwood.

The housing is part of a project to repurpose disused sites to create housing to meet needs locally. The first phase was Magdalen Terrace, which opened in early November.

Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Community, Health & Housing Management Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “Malcolm Knights’ hard work and dedication started the journey towards building new homes for the people of Brentwood, so it’s appropriate that we have named this development after him.

This phase has sheltered homes for older residents who may want to downsize from the home they currently have and no longer need, which in turn allows bigger properties to be available for others in the Borough. The garage sites were ideal to use as they were semi-derelict or unused and provide much-needed homes.”

Jessica Knights, Malcolm’s daughter, cut the ribbon to officially open the new homes. She said: “I’m really proud and surprised that this has been named after my dad. It means there is a long-lasting legacy for everyone to see.”

A plaque was unveiled at the site by Malcolm’s brother Duncan. He said “Malcolm started his career in local government in the early-1980s when the sell-off of existing council housing was in full swing, but he maintained a position throughout that such developments still had a place in the Borough’s portfolio, and was passionate in his defence of this.  He would be very proud to be remembered by such a development.”

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Notes to editors:

Malcolm Knights was formerly Head of Housing at Brentwood Borough Council. He passed away in June 2015.

Please see attached pictures from the official opening.

More pictures are available from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/brentwoodcouncil/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1612077352185688

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895

Email: safira.ali@brentwood.gov.uk