A demolition event officially marked the start of work to transform a former garage site in Caterham, which had been derelict for two decades, into new Shared Ownership homes.
This summer Clarion Housing bought the Croydon Road site, on which it will develop 48 attractive homes for Shared Ownership along with a Lidl supermarket. The homes will be a mix of one-,two- and three-bedroom apartments.
The site has planning permission and the first homes are expected to be ready by winter 2020.
Ian Hagger, Regional New Business Director for Clarion Housing, said:
"This is a significant day for the project which will see a long term derelict site converted into a desirable housing development. We look forward to working with the council and other key partners to create affordable homes to help people get onto the housing ladder."
Martin Fisher, Leader of Tandridge District Council, said:
"We have been actively involved in facilitating the development of this site and are delighted building work is now underway. Seeing this site, which is in such a key central location, put to good use is a significant step forward in our regeneration programme for the town. It will also provide local people the opportunity to access a centrally located home they can afford."
Danny Masters, Managing Director for Beamridge said:
"We are proud to be working with Clarion Housing, Lidl and all other key partners on this high profile project within Caterham. We have been involved with the project for the past two years and are delighted to have now commenced construction.
"We look forward to working with all involved and engaging with the local community to deliver high quality retail space and housing."