Work is well under way to create the first new council-owned housing in Hounslow for nearly 20 years.
The multi-million pound residential development is part of Hounslow Council’s pledge to provide more affordable homes across the borough.
Hounslow Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Ruth Cadbury, was on hand this week to lay a few bricks at one of the 19 new social rented Council-owned homes currently being built at Elmwood Avenue in Feltham. The old Elmwood House and Olaf Palme House sites were demolished in November last year to make way for the new modern housing.
Hounslow Homes are working in partnership with the Council overseeing the construction of the new housing by social housing contractor United House Limited, expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Hounslow Council’s plans for the site were supported by a grant of £1.9m from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The development will consist of a range of one and two bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five bedroom houses, with two of the houses specifically designed for disabled residents. All homes will be built to high energy efficiency standards and meet level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Once completed, the new council-owned homes will be available for social rent and managed by Hounslow Homes.
As well as new homes, the project will create apprenticeship placements for local residents.
Cllr Ruth Cadbury, Hounslow’s Deputy Leader, responsible for Housing and Service Improvement in the borough said: “The area has been completely transformed already, and hopefully the construction will continue to progress smoothly and provide modern, stylish, affordable housing to the Feltham area.”
Bernadette O’Shea, Hounslow Homes Chief Executive said: “These 19 new affordable homes are exactly what the area needs and we are thrilled to be partners on this project with London Borough of Hounslow and United House.”
Nick Taylor, Head of Area for North West London at the HCA, said: “This is a really significant scheme for both Hounslow and the HCA. Our funding has ensured that the borough can fulfil their pledge to provide much needed affordable housing. And with a large majority of family-sized homes being built, this development is also in line with HCA London and Mayoral priorities.”
Jeffrey Adams, group chief executive of United House, said: “At Elmwood Avenue, we are using our knowledge and experience as a specialist social housing contractor to deliver high quality, sustainable affordable homes for the area and strengthening our already strong working relationship with the London Borough of Hounslow. Construction is off to a promising start and we are on programme to complete this project by the end of the year.”