Homes at the first fully affordable Brick by Brick housing development are now on sale in Croydon.

A new block of flats in Thornton Heath is the third that the Croydon Council-owned developer has put on the market. The apartments went on sale at the end of last week.

There will be 24 one and two-bedroom flats at Flora Court, offered under shared ownership.

But they’re not ready to be lived in just yet.

The flats are still under construction and are expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

The cheapest homes will be priced at £315,000, with buyers needing to put in £78,750 for a 25% share.

There will also be three affordable rented homes which will be managed by Croydon Affordable Homes – a charity set up by Croydon Council to provide housing for residents on the council housing waiting list.

Affordable rent was introduced by the government in 2011 and homes under the scheme are offered at up to 80% of market rate.

Two-bedroom flats in Thornton Heath are listed between £1,200 and £1,500 a month on Rightmove.

What will the homes be like? 

They have been built on the site of the former care home, Cheriton House, near Thornton Heath Station.

All have a private balcony or gardens and striking interiors. Bike parking is  provided.

Colm Lacey, Brick by Brick chief executive, said: “Brick by Brick was set up to deliver beautifully designed, high quality homes that are accessible for local people.

“Flora Court epitomises this approach, providing 24 homes for shared ownership as well as three homes for the council to house those most in need.”

For the first two months they will be on offer to Croydon residents only.

Who are Brick by Brick?

The company was set up by Croydon Council in 2016 and has 1,200 homes in the development at the moment.

Brick by Brick’s first homes in Upper Norwood went on sale in March.

The Auckland Rise and Sylvan Hill development provide 57 one and two-bedroom flats, including 19 for shared ownership.

And the Ravensdale and Rushden development provides 30 one and two-bedroom flats and two and three-bedroom houses. They will be sold for private purchase, with Help to Buy available for the flats.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and Gateway services at the council said: “The council set up Brick by Brick to boost supply of homes for Croydon people that are good-quality and genuinely affordable, so this progress with Flora Court is very encouraging.

“This will be the first of many Brick by Brick schemes giving local people affordable rented homes, which will remain in the public sector for those in need for many years to come.”