Ten years of Hidden Homes

wandsworth hidden homesWandsworth Council’s Hidden Homes initiative celebrated its tenth anniversary with the unveiling of another 38 new homes for low income families.

These new affordable homes were officially unveiled by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, pictured with leader Cllr Ravi Govindia and Cllr Paul Ellis, on Battersea’s Rollo estate.

They bring the total number of Hidden Homes built by Wandsworth Council over the past decade to 238. These have all been allocated to local families in housing need for rent and also to first time buyers living in the borough on a shared ownership basis.

The scheme takes vacant and disused spaces on housing estates like laundry rooms, storage areas and turns them in to new homes. The latest new homes were jointly funded by the council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Wandsworth’s cabinet member for housing Cllr Paul Ellis said: “The Hidden Homes scheme has played a really major role in increasing the supply of affordable housing over the past decade.

“I am delighted that the secretary of state will today unveil its biggest single scheme, and that as a result, three dozen families in housing need will be able to move into brand new high quality homes.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles added: “We want more councils to do more and adopt innovative solutions like those being pioneered in Wandsworth. Using Government and council funding, these Hidden Homes are making a fantastic contribution to the affordable housing landscape and giving families and first time buyers the chance to have their own home.”

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