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Boost for Shepherd’s Bush as H&F council 'drop' more houses

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

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It's given a whole different meaning to "drop by my house one day".

New homes have got the go-ahead in Shepherd’s Bush under Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s 'Rational House' scheme, which sees ultra-modern homes built in a factory off-site using pre-made panels. Once finished, they are winched into position in a matter of days.

"We’re on a mission to create more affordable housing in the borough," said Andrew Johnson, H&F cabinet member for housing. "We know there are hundreds of hard-working local people on modest and middle incomes desperate to own their own home, and we want to help as many as we possibly can."

A proposal to build 13 homes on the Becklow Gardens Estate, in Becklow Road, has now been approved by the council’s planning applications committee. Six of these homes will be sold at a discounted market rate and be offered first to local people who are on the borough’s Home Buy register.

A row of garages, which the council calls an “eyesore”, will be demolished to make way for a three-storey house, and a part-three, part four-storey block containing three one-bed flats, five two-bed flats and four two-bed maisonettes. The scheme will also feature play facilities, landscaping and car parking.

The council is set to team up with Stanhope Plc to embark on the joint venture scheme, which will see more than 300 homes built over the next five years, with about 40% of the redeveloped homes in line to be affordable housing sold at a discounted market rate to help local people.

All of the affordable homes the council is working on as part of its direct housebuilding projects are designed to benefit aspiring homeowners on incomes of between £30,000 and £60,000.

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