New tenants move in to first council homes built in 30 years

15/07/2016

In early July a number of families across the borough received the keys to their brand new homes, built by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) as part of Brent Council’s new homes programme to build 700 new homes by 2019.

Brent Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, Councillor Harbi Farah, Jon Lloyd-Owen, Operational Director Community Services at Brent Council and Richard Deville, Head of Development at BHP welcomed the families as they moved into their new homes at Runbury Circle, Welsh Harp.

These homes are amongst the first affordable properties to be built by Brent Council in 30 years. The new homes programme, which has been rolled out by BHP with funding from Brent Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), includes seven new council owned family homes which have been built on former garage sites.

The seven homes have been built at:

  • Slough Lane, Kingsbury
  • Eskdale Close, North Wembley
  • Runbury Circle, Welsh Harp

The homes have 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 and BHP are doing to tackle the housing crisis and provide affordable housing for residents.

Councillor Harbi Farah said: “We are very happy to welcome residents to their new homes today. Brent Council, working with BHP, are building new homes to meet the ever growing demand. It makes our efforts all the more rewarding to see first-hand how these homes are making a positive difference to families moving in.”

Joanne Drew, Chair of BHP, said: “BHP is proud to be building new council owned homes in Brent in partnership with Brent Council and residents. Small schemes like this take time and dedication to deliver but they are important as part of the overall effort to meet Brent's housing needs.”

Zohrah Esmate, one of the tenants who recently moved into her new home said: “We have been living in temporary accommodation and on the waiting list for housing for 10 years. We have three children and were severely overcrowded. This home is beautiful; it is close to the children’s school and there is space for them to run around. Our quality of life has really improved. We are very grateful to BHP and Brent Council for providing us with this beautiful home, and it is positive to see that more homes will be built in the future for families in need.”