Wandsworth progress low cost supported homes

Wandsworth Council are progressing plans for seven low cost new homes in Tooting.

The plans are part of a council low cost housing development programme.

The scheme will provide seven one-bedroom flats of supported housing with 24-hour care services for people with physical and learning disabilities, and was supported by the council’s Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 15 September.

Sixteen garages adjacent to Fordyce House, in Colson Way, would be demolished, with alternative space found nearby, and redeveloped with the new homes.

The aim is to enable independent living, in high quality, wheelchair-accessible accommodation within Wandsworth, instead of having to place residents in lower quality residential care outside of the borough.

It is part of a supported housing initiative, running since 2009, which has seen four such developments built so far in Wandsworth, with two more expected to complete within the next two years.

Cllr Paul Ellis, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Wandsworth is one of only a handful of councils in the country looking to develop new supported housing, and I’m delighted that we’re able to help disabled residents maintain their independence in the borough.

“The Wandsworth housing strategy committed to making more efficient use of council-owned land to provide homes for local people, aiming to deliver 300 low cost homes during the next three to five years, and this is another good example of that in action. A key factor is being able to retain 100% of receipts from Right to Buy sales of council housing, which helps underpin the council’s building programme.”

Subject to planning permission, the redevelopment would get under way in 2017.

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