Work has begun on Hounslow Council’s renewal of Elmwood and Olaf Palme Houses in Feltham, the first new council homes in the Borough for 20 years.
Demolition has now begun at the site on Elmwood Avenue in Feltham to make way for 19 new affordable rented Council-owned homes. The work takes place in partnership with Hounslow Homes and leading social housing contractor and developer United House, with the new homes expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
Hounslow Council’s plans for the site were supported by a grant of £1.9 million 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. Once completed, these new Council owned homes will be available for affordable rent and managed by Hounslow Homes.
As well as new homes, the project will create apprenticeship placements to achieve 95% local labour on the project.
Cllr Ruth Cadbury, Hounslow’s Deputy Leader, responsible for Housing and Service Improvement in the borough said: “We are delighted that we managed to secure funding for this project to be given the green light. We secured funding under the HCA’s National Affordable Housing Programme and we are delighted the project is now underway to create more affordable family-sized homes in the borough. These will be the first Council-owned homes built in some 20 years, and we hope to seek out further funding streams to make more affordable housing available to residents in the future.”
Fiona Duncan, Head of Area for West London at the HCA said: “It’s very encouraging to see the rapid progress being made by the council to increase the provision of larger-sized homes in the borough. Of the 19 new homes being built on this site, 13 will be houses with three or more bedrooms, which is in line with our commitment to improving the quality and availability of affordable homes for families.”
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