Wandsworth secures Mayor of London funding for 71 new council homes
Published: Friday 14th July 17
Seventy-one new council homes are to be supported by £3.9million from the Mayor of London, in what will be the largest single development so far of the town hall’s housebuilding programme.
Architect's impression of the development
The new homes will be prioritised for residents of the Winstanley and York Road estates, which are being regenerated during the next ten years by the council and its partner Taylor Wimpey.
The development, in Shuttleworth Road, will be less than half a mile from these estates and will be built to the latest size and quality standards. Planning permission for the site was granted last month, and in the coming weeks the council is expected to appoint a contractor to undertake the construction works.
The funding from City Hall, announced on 13 July, is part of the £3.5billion given by the Government to the Mayor last year to build new homes for low cost rent and shared ownership in London.
Overall, the council and housing associations received just under £22million, to build 954 homes for shared ownership and low cost rent across the borough in the next four years.
The regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estates will provide newly-built homes for secure council tenants and owner-occupiers on their estates, as well as homes for low cost rent, shared ownership, market rent and for sale, with a new leisure centre and redesigned park, a new library, new shops and business space, and employment and training initiatives.
Seventy per cent of people responding to consultation supported redevelopment instead of a proposed substantial refurbishment programme.
Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It is excellent news that the Mayor of London is providing clear support for our housebuilding programme, which shows that building new homes in the capital is a cross-party, non-partisan matter of priority.
"These new homes will enable the regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estates, which will not only provide an increase in council housing, and new community facilities, but also on-site employment and training opportunities for local residents.”
The council has built more than 250 low cost homes during the past decade, usually at small sites all over the borough, and with hundreds more on the way. 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 council-led development going on near where they live.
More about Wandsworth Council and housebuilding:
- 1,685 homes for low cost rent and shared ownership are forecast to be built in Wandsworth during the next three years
- Through the council’s own housing building programme, construction is under way all over Wandsworth including in Tooting, and near Wimbledon Common, and at three sites in Battersea, among others
- 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 a ‘fantastic example’ of local authority housebuilding during the Mayor’s Question Time of 19 October, 2016
- 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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