New council homes for Tooting

Published: Wednesday 14th June 17

Work is under way on two new council houses in Tooting as the town hall’s pioneering Hidden Homes initiative continues.

New council homes being built in Nutwell Street, Tooting

The new three-bedroom, semi-detached properties, on Nutwell Street, are being built on former storage sheds and will be offered to local people on the housing waiting list at around half the open market rent.

Planning permission was granted last year, and the new homes are expected to be completed by contractor HA Marks Construction later in 2017.

The council’s Hidden Homes scheme has been running for over a decade and has seen more than 250 homes built on under-used spaces on council land. Because there are no land purchase costs it offers exceptional value for money and other local authorities, such as Hackney and Southwark, have adopted the same approach.  

Improvements to neighbouring roads, pavements and open spaces are also included, so that local people can benefit from this council-led development going on near where they live.

Wandsworth has plans to build another 300 low cost council homes in the pipeline as the Hidden Homes model is now expanded to include large-scale stand alone developments on under-used council land.

Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “For years, Wandsworth has been building new council homes on sites like former garages, making more efficient use of space while providing new housing for local people. We’re building hundreds more in the next few years all over Wandsworth, one of many ways the council ensures that new homes for below market rent, shared ownership, and for sale are delivered in the borough.”

More about how Wandsworth Council leads the way on delivering new homes:

  • Wandsworth Council received £13million from the government to spend on frontline services after overseeing the second highest amount of affordable housing built in London last year
  • Construction of 1,742 more shared ownership and low cost rent homes is forecast over the next few years, at sites including Wandsworth town centre and Nine Elms, Battersea
  • Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, is a member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board
  • Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, referred to Wandsworth Council as afantastic example’ of local authority housebuilding during the Mayor’s Question Time of 19 October, 2016
  • Construction is currently under way in Battersea on 57 new Hidden Homes with hundreds more now in the pipeline on 23 sites
  • More than 3,000 new homes for shared ownership, social renting, low cost rent, market rent and for sale are to be built by the council and partners at two major estate regeneration schemes in Battersea and Roehampton which guarantee newly built homes for all council tenants, leaseholders and freeholders on their estates
  • The council’s housing strategy target is to ensure a minimum of 18,000 homes are built in Wandsworth during the next ten years

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