First Newly Built Council Homes in a Generation
Published by Poonam Thapa for Kensington & Chelsea TMO in Housing and also in Communities
Three newly built Council homes were opened in the Royal Borough for the first time since the 1980s last Friday(6 December) at Holmefield House, North Kensington.
The three, three-bedroom flats are fully accessible and are built on disused space below the first floor flats.
Welcoming the opening, Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We all know there is tremendous demand for housing in London and I am delighted that were are able to open our first brand new Council homes for over 20 years today. It is part of a wider strategy to convert underutilised spaces into new housing for those in need.
“I know these flats are in great demand and we have plans to utilise as much disused space as we can for more homes. The new flats at Holmefield House come hot on the heels of three flats we converted back from offices on World’s End Estate. We are now planning to convert the soon to be vacated Whistler Walk Children’s Home into four more flats.”
Robert Black, Chief Executive of the Kensington and Chelsea TMO said “The new homes are fully accessible, which is important as older Council housing is not able to offer the accessibility to disabled residents that we would want.
We are closely working with the Council and are looking at further opportunities to increase the number of accessible homes in the borough”.
The Council's Hidden Homes Initiative aims to increase the number of Council homes in the borough. It has already returned three flats on the World’s End Estate which had been used as office space for many years. The next development is the conversion of Whistler Walk Children’s Home into four flats once the home moves early in 2014.
Kensington and Chelsea TMO manage over 10,000 homes on behalf of the Council.
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