Haig Housing Trust’s New Development in Morden

Date: Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 12:36pm

The UK’s main provider of homes for Veterans and their families, Haig Housing Trust, is nearing completion of its latest project, the development of 68 new one to four-bedroomed houses on its Headquarters’ Estate in Morden. These become available for eligible Veterans and their families from May 2019.

Funding has been provided both from the Veterans Accommodation Fund, set up from the monies obtained from the Government’s LIBOR banking fines, and by the Trust. The development has been built very much for the future and includes solar panelling and vehicle electric re-charging facilities. Situated in the south Morden Conservation area, it is close to good transport links, schools and green spaces. All will be available at affordable rents with seven of the homes fully adapted for wheelchair use, complete with external mobility scooter storage.

The different blocks that make up the development will be named after the Trust’s Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, the recipients of 5 military and SOE gallantry awards and a local Ward Councillor who was Merton’s Armed Forced Champion and a stalwart supporter of the Trust and the local Reservist and Veteran community:  

Queen Elizabeth Terrace, which comprises 5 2-bedroomed flats (one wheelchair adapted), 9 3-bedroomed flats and houses and 5 4-bedroomed houses; named after and with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of Haig Housing.

John Cornwell House, a 2-bedroomed wheelchair adapted flat; named after 16 year-old Boy (First Class) John Cornwell VC of HMS Chester

Albert Dugdale House, comprising 6 1-bedroomed flats, 10 2-bedroomed flats/maisonettes (one wheelchair adapted) and 2 3-bedroomed flats; named after Bombardier Albert Dugdale EM (Edward Medal – now the George Cross)

Cyril Barton House, comprising 9 1-bedroomed flats (two wheelchair adapted), 4 2-bedroomed flats and 2 3-bedroomed flats; named after Flying Officer Cyril Barton VC who went to school locally.

   

Odette Sanson House, a 3-bedroomed house (up to 5 people); named after Odette Sansom Hallowes GC, MBE who was a member the Special Operations Executive, the British sabotage and espionage organisation. She was the first woman to be awarded both the George Cross and to be appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

Kubir Thapa House which comprises 4 1-bedroomed flats and 2 2-bedroomed flats; named after Havildar (Sergeant) Kulbir Thapa Magar VC. He was the first Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Maxi Martin Court comprises 4 1-bedroomed flats (two wheelchair adapted), 4 2-bedroomed flats and 4 3-bedroomed houses; named after local Councillor Maxi Martin and past Mayor of the London Borough of Merton, who died peacefully in her sleep in  April 2016. She was dedicated to her Ward resident including all who lived on Haig Housing’s Morden estate and was the Borough’s Armed Forces Champion. Chief Executive, Brigadier James Richardson comments:

“Our new development of 68 energy efficient homes in Morden is the Trust’s largest project in several decades commissioned to meet the growing demand for housing for Veterans and their families in London and the South-East of the country. These homes have been built for the future, designed to fit within our existing Conservation area as a mix of one to four bedroom homes with some adapted for wheelchair and disabled use. We are particularly proud of the names we are assigning to the new homes: firstly Queen Elizabeth Terrace in honour of our Patron and groups of homes to honour Victoria and George Cross winners from all three services and SOE and a tribute to a local councillor who as Armed Forces Champion did much to support the Veteran Community in Morden. We will be opening these homes in the Summer and seek to welcome new Veteran families as well as re-homing many of our existing beneficiaries to homes more suited to their current needs.”

More details about these new homes, together with information on all of the Trust’s estates plus how to apply for housing can be found at the Trust’s website, www.haighousing.org.uk  and in particular under ‘Applying For Housing – New Development’ while their Housing Options team can assist with enquiries and can be contacted by email at housingoptions@haighousing.org.uk or by telephone on 020 8685 5777.

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