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Mum opens dream home on new Gravesend estate

PUBLISHED: 10:33 09 June 2011

Laura Dowden cuts the ribbon to open homes on Epsom Close

Laura Dowden cuts the ribbon to open homes on Epsom Close

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»Pipped to the post in 22 bids for a better home, and after six years living without a bedroom, a mother-of-three has officially opened a new estate, including her dream house.

Laura Dowden, 37, is delighted she and her three daughters, Lily, 12, Hollie, nine, and Sophia, seven, have moved to a four-bedroom council house built as part of the £2.4million Epsom Close development in Gravesend.

Cutting the ribbon to the new estate on Thursday, Ms Dowden, who previously lived in a two-bed council flat in Wallis Park, Northfleet, said: “Wallis Park was like living in a prison. When we first moved in 12 years ago I was told I would be there for around two years. For the past six years I have used the living room as my bedroom. I had begun to give up.”

Ms Dowden’s home is one of 16 built by developer Town and Country Planning in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and Homes and Communities Agency.

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