New council homes on the way in Roehampton
Published: Wednesday 26th July 17
Twenty-one new council homes are set to be built on the Putney Vale Estate, following the appointment of a contractor for the works.
Architect's impression of the development
Wates Construction will develop the new homes on the site of a former community centre, off Stroud Crescent, which has been reprovided elsewhere on the estate.
The scheme will consist of 11 council homes for estate residents who wish to downsize, which in turn frees up homes for other households in need, and ten self-contained supporting housing properties providing independent living for residents with physical and learning disabilities.
It is thought to be one of the only supported living schemes being built in London by a council, and is expected to be complete from late 2018.
The Putney Vale Residents Association said: “Since the closure of the Stag House building in 2012 the residents association of Putney Vale has been working with the council regarding any future development of the site. The council has now approved the building of 21 new extra care flats of which 11 will be reserved for the elderly tenants on the estate; following the appointment of Wates as the contractor for the development the residents association looks forward to working together as part of Wates’ Customer Engagement Working Group.”
The development is part of a supported housing programme, running since 2009, which has seen four such developments built so far in Wandsworth. This means that the council can ensure more independent living options for vulnerable residents and provide local alternatives as an option instead of placements in residential care facilities that may be outside of the borough.
Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Wandsworth is one of only a few authorities which is building its own supported housing for vulnerable residents. In addition, this scheme is important because it enables other local households to downsize, freeing up more council housing for people.”
The council has built more than 250 homes on under-used spaces on its own land, with hundreds more on the way. 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 council-led development going on near where they live.
More about how Wandsworth Council leads the way on delivering new homes:
- 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 a ‘fantastic example’ of local authority housebuilding during the Mayor’s Question Time of 19 October, 2016
- Through the council’s housing building programme, construction is under way all over Wandsworth including in Tooting, and near Wimbledon Common, and at three sites in Battersea, with hundreds more on the way
- 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