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Council denies failing to deliver new homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

Council denies failing to deliver new homes Council denies failing to deliver new homes

Westminster City Council has denied massively under-delivering on its promise to build new social housing.

Westminster City Council Labour Group has claimed that of the 500 new homes promised by Council Leader Philippa Roe in 2009, only 29 have been built.

The council has denied the claim and has said that over 300 new homes have been delivered since 2009.

The Labour Group, led by vocal council critic, Paul Dimoldenberg, has pointed to ten new homes at Westbourne Green, two at Avenue Gardens, eight at Gloucester Gardens and nine (uncompleted) at John Aird Court as the council's total output since 2009.

In response, Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, said: “Housing is more than just about bricks and mortar, it’s about people, which is why we set up Westminster Community Homes (WCH) in 2009 to provide more affordable housing in Westminster.

Cllr Glanz additionally claimed that the council is working to create 1,200 new affordable homes through its housing renewal programme.

However, Cllr Dimoldenberg said: "The facts speak for themselves. The Council promised 500 new-build homes but just 29 have been built or are nearing completion. By anyone’s standard this is a massive failure to deliver and all too typical of Westminster Conservatives.”

Cllr Glanz added: “Through a combination of new builds and buying suitable properties, WCH have provided over 300 new homes since 2009."

“In an area as built up as the City with Royal Parks and conservation areas, land is not always readily available for new builds, which has meant that we have had to look for more innovative ways of providing homes.”

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