Work to start on new council homes in Balham

Published: 27 April 2017

Wandsworth Council is set to begin the construction of another six new low cost rent properties in Balham in the coming weeks as part of a self build programme.

These new homes, on Gaskarth Road, will be built on a former garage site and will be offered to local people with a housing need at around half the open market rent.

The expanding self build programme follows on from the Hidden Homes scheme that 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 the programme offers exceptional value for money and other local authorities, such as Hackney and Southwark, have now adopted the same approach.  

There are now over 260 homes in the council’s self build pipeline and the council is looking to expand the programme further.

Brian Reilly, Director of Housing and Regeneration, said: "It’s great to see work starting on another six new council homes that will be developed to high quality and environmental standards. Wandsworth has been creating Hidden Homes for many years through converting spaces like old garage sites, undercrofts, rooftops and old boiler rooms. The scheme provides the homes our residents need without having to shell out large sums for new land. 

“It’s encouraging to see more councils are now beginning to adopt the Hidden Homes and self build model that Wandsworth Council pioneered which has the potential to provide many thousands of new low cost properties right across London. Our particular focus is to provide homes that can meet the housing needs of those living close by to developments so local communities see the clear benefits of what we are doing.”

Planning permission for the Gaskarth Road redevelopment was granted last year, and the new homes are expected to be completed by contractor HA Marks Construction from the end of 2017.

Find out more about more about the council's self build programme and Hidden Homes here.