The first phase of Wandsworth Council’s house building programme has been announced, with hundreds of new homes proposed at discounted rates to rent and buy.
The £150million Building Homes for Wandsworth People was launched last year, to build 1,000 new homes, 60.5% of which are intended to be made available at discounted rates.
The programme will enable people who live or work in Wandsworth to rent or homes at rates which are more affordable. Rented council homes will be available starting at 35% of market rents.
A report to the council’s Executive on 22 January recommends that more detailed studies with resident consultation begin later in the year at the first sites in the programme:
- Kersfield Estate – potential for up to 33 council homes through extensions to blocks and at a site fronting Lytton Grove
- Randall Close Day Centre – this facility is being relocated to expanded, improved premises in East Hill, which could enable approximately up to 40 council homes to be built on the site
- Westbridge Road car park – all current car parking provision to be maintained during and after development with potential for up to 57 council homes
- Former Patmore Day Centre – this disused facility has been closed for some years, and has the potential to provide up to 62 council homes
- Eastwood North Estate – replacement for outdated clubroom with opportunity for up to 22 additional council homes
- Eastwood South Estate – replacement for outdated clubroom with opportunity for additional up to 33 homes
- The Platt – potential for a total of up to 14 council homes built across two sites of old garages, with parking spaces to be reprovided nearby
- Putney Vale – unused, overgrown land to the rear of a block on Stroud Crescent by the cemetery and school with the potential for up to 12 council homes
- Badric Court – making use of undercrofts beneath the block could provide up to six council homes
- Ashburton South Estate – potential for up to 29 council homes on top of existing blocks
Improvements to neighbouring roads, pavements and open spaces are also included, similar to works undertaken at the Putney Vale Estate.
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “I am not prepared to allow a situation where residents’ sons and daughters are priced out of renting or buying a home in their borough, as well as other working households vital to the local economy and to local services.
“Building Homes for Wandsworth People is delivering 60.5% as council housing and shared ownership, exceeding targets set by the Mayor of London and the GLA who support our plans.”