Brent builds own affordable homes for first time 30 years
Representatives from Brent Council, Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) and Eskdale Close Residents' Association today (18 November 2015) celebrated the start of a new homes building programme in the borough by visiting a construction site in Eskdale Close, north Wembley, where two new three bedroom family homes are being built for affordable rent.
The new homes programme, which is being rolled out by BHP with funding from Brent Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), will see seven new council owned family homes built on former garage sites by June 2016.
The seven homes will be built at:
- Slough Lane, Kingsbury
- Eskdale Close, North Wembley
- Runbury Circle, Welsh Harp
The homes will cost £1.4m to build with help from a grant of £326,000 from the GLA. This is the first time in three decades that the council has funded its own building programme and comes in addition to the wider work the council is doing to tackle the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for residents.
Brent's latest housing report confirms that 2014-15 was a bumper year for housing completions in Brent. 1,693 new homes were built over the year, including 773 new affordable homes. With almost half of these new homes being affordable, Brent is doing well against its set affordable housing target of 50%. The 773 new affordable homes that were built included 499 social and affordable rented homes and 274 intermediate homes.
Almost half of the new homes have been delivered in Brent's major growth areas of Alperton, Burnt Oak/Colindale, Church End, South Kilburn and Wembley. Additional homes were delivered through the continuing Barham Park Estate regeneration programme and the development of sites on the Stonebridge Estate.
Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Housing and Development at Brent Council said: "Today marks a significant step for us. Although we are working hard to get more affordable homes built in Brent and our figures show we are achieving this, demand still continues to outstrip supply.
"Affordable family homes are especially difficult to find and that is why we have embarked upon this exciting programme.
"This is the first time in three decades that the council has funded its own building programme and today we mark the beginning of this new approach, with more homes to be built in the future."
Joanne Drew, Chair of Brent Housing Partnership said: "We are very pleased to have been chosen as Brent Council's preferred partner to build new homes in the borough and are committed to working with the council to 'build a better Brent'. We will endeavour to provide a high standard of homes in which residents can feel happy and proud and aim to work closely with our residents to invest in communities for the future."
Patricia O'Reilly, Chair of Eskdale Close Residents' Association said: "I think it's positive that BHP and Brent Council are building new family homes which will benefit people in housing need. I was once homeless and being offered council housing really helped me and changed my life. I believe everyone deserves a roof over their head and it's encouraging to see BHP and the council making a real difference in the community."