New council houses are being built in Battersea

Published: Tuesday 25th July 17

Work has started on six new council houses in Rowditch Lane, with old garages demolished to make way for five three-bedroom and one two-bedroom houses.

Architect's impression of the site

The properties are to rehouse people as part of the nearby Winstanley and York Road estates regeneration while their current homes are demolished and their new ones are built on their estates.

Landscaping is also part of the scheme, to provide environmental improvements for neighbouring households. 

The council has been building new homes on under-used spaces like this for more than a decade, building more than 250 new homes, with hundreds more on the way across 23 borough-wide sites.

Because there are no land purchase costs the approach offers good value for money and other local authorities, such as Hackney, have adopted the same approach.

Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Wandsworth Council has been creating new homes for years by making better use of spaces like old garages, boiler rooms or undercrofts.

"This not only makes more efficient use of council land, but in this case supports a major regeneration scheme to provide more than 2,000 new homes in the area, including hundreds for sale, shared ownership and more than 100 additional council homes.”

Planning permission for the Rowditch Lane redevelopment was granted last year, and the new homes are expected to be completed by contractor Thomas Sinden and available from Summer 2018.

The regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estates will provide more than 2,000 new homes with development partner Taylor Wimpey during the next ten years.

As part of the regeneration, all secure council tenants and owner-occupiers are guaranteed a newly-built home on their estate along with new community facilities, a new leisure centre and redesigned park, a new library, new shops and business space, and employment and training initiatives. Seventy per cent of consultation respondents supported redevelopment instead of a proposed substantial refurbishment programme.

Find out more about the regeneration of the Winstanley and York Road estates on the council’s website here.

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