New council homes on the way

Published: 4 October 2016

New council homes are being built in Wandsworth’s West Hill ward as part of a long-running programme to make more efficient use of local authority land.

Six garages and nine storage sheds on Limpsfield Avenue, off Inner Park Road, will be demolished and replaced with two semi-detached council houses for social renting.

The two-storey houses will be family sized with three bedrooms, while high-efficiency boilers and photovoltaic panels will reduce energy bills. 

Nearby vacant garage space is being used to replace what’s being demolished, and cycle storage is also being provided as part of the development, along with adjoining pavement renovation work.   

Demolition work is under way by HA Marks Construction, and the new homes are expected to be completed from the middle of next year. 

Across Wandsworth, more than 250 new homes have been built by the council in this way, with construction of another 57 in Battersea starting on site from the end of this year, as part of plans to build at least 300 within the next five years. 

Cllr Paul Ellis, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “For more than a decade now whilst others have been talking about the need for new affordable homes, we in Wandsworth have been getting on with building them, whether for home ownership or, as in this particular case, for rent, through our Hidden Homes initiative. 

“This development is another example of our long-standing commitment to building new homes through making more efficient use of land on the borough’s housing estates.” 

Recent data shows there was a total of 501 affordable homes built in Wandsworth in 2015/16, more than double than in the previous year, and with construction work on 1,742 more expected to be complete within the next few years.