New affordable homes for Wandsworth
Published: 8 November 2018
Wandsworth Council along with partner housing association Optivo is delivering nine new homes for vulnerable adults in the borough.
The council has worked with Optivo to build the affordable rent homes, which have been designed to enable local people to live more independently and bring them closer to their support networks in the Borough.
Every home in the modern building, based in Wandsworth and close to the town centre, has been built with the needs of the occupants in mind. Each flat has a balcony/terrace area, while two of the ground floor flats are adapted to be fully wheelchair accessible. There is also a communal kitchen lounge and new cycle store and staff flat.
Wandsworth cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr Paul Ellis said: “It’s been our commitment to provide better accommodation for some of the most vulnerable members of our community, particularly those with physical and learning difficulties. And these new homes are a testament to that commitment.”
Optivo has a 125 year lease and will manage the building and deliver landlord services, while Wandsworth Council will be responsible for nominating residents to the housing scheme.
Tenants will also benefit from staff and security on site 24 hours, seven days a week.
Paul Hackett, Chief Executive of Optivo, said: “We’re really proud to have delivered these much-needed homes to the borough of Wandsworth. This is a great example of partnership working to meet housing need. Now the scheme is completed we look forward to seeing the first residents move in.”
This scheme is one of many supported by the council, in collaboration with housing associations, to help households with learning or physical disabilities.
Councillor Kim Caddy, Wandsworth's cabinet member for housing added: “These new homes are going to provide vital accommodation, which support the needs of vulnerable people. We’d like to thank local residents for accommodating the scheme that will help and benefit other local residents in Wandsworth.”
An event to unveil the new homes took place today (Thursday) with Optivo Chief Executive, Paul Hackett and both Councillor Kim Caddy and Councillor Paul Ellis in attendance.
- Optivo is one of the UK’s largest housing associations with 44,000 homes in London, the South East and the Midlands. Find out more at: www.optivo.org.uk
- Wandsworth Council invested up to £1m for the development and provided the land specifically for this scheme, to provide in borough accommodation options for Wandsworth residents with learning and physical disabilities.
- Wandsworth Council is planning another two schemes of this type which it is intending to develop itself.