FOR Leanne Chandler it was an emotional moment.
The 28-year-old mum-of-three has waited 11 years for a home with a garden where her children can play outside – and now her dream has come true.
When the Somers Town resident heard she was moving out of her two-bedroom flat on the 13th floor of a tower block, and into a three-bedroom house with its own garden, she couldn’t help but let out a tear.
And the next day she was brought to the site on Warwick Crescent, Somers Town, for a sneak preview of her new home, which will be ready for her to move into in August.
Leanne said: ‘I was so shocked when I heard the news, things like that just don’t happen to me, I don’t really have good luck so it was just overwhelming.
‘I‘ve lived in my flat for 11 years. My daughter Italia is nine and she’s lived in a tower block her whole life. She’s asked me every day for a garden and now I can give her one.
‘It will make a huge difference to us, and Italia will be able to have her own room which she is over the moon about.’
Leanne was joined by the other six families moving into the new eco-friendly homes – selected on a priority basis from severely overcrowded conditions – on Thursday to view the site.
The three- and four-bedroom homes, all with gardens and off-street parking, are the first to be built as part of the Somers Town regeneration project, and are located next to the children’s adventure playground which opened last summer.
Ashraf Sultana, 37, has four children and is currently living in a three-bedroom flat on the first floor of a tower block.
She said: ‘I am so happy, I have been waiting seven years for something like this and my children are so excited about it because they will all have their own rooms.’
Lord Mayor Cllr Paula Riches was also on site to congratulate the new residents.
She said: ‘This is the first time there has been any building on this site since the tower blocks went up and I am thrilled that it has come together so nicely.’
There will also be a community hub, including a health centre, built in the second development stage of the project, which is due to be completed by 2013.