Gaskarth project to start

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 at around half the open market rent.

Wandsworth homebuilding 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. There are now over 260 homes in the council’s building pipeline and they are looking to expand the programme further.

Brian Reilly, Director of Housing and Regeneration at Wandsworth Council, 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.”

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.

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