Boris Johnson attends launch of new council homes in Barnet
Published by David Thomas for The Barnet Group in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Boris Johnson (pictured left) stands in the new tenants' back garden with Barnet Council Leader Richard Cornelius and The Barnet Group board chair Terry Rogers (left)
The first council homes to be built in the Borough of Barnet for over 20 years were launched on Thursday 3 April, by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Two 4-bed houses and one 3-bed house have been built on Alexandra Road Muswell Hill N10, helping with the shortage of family homes in Barnet. The project started on site in September 2013 and completed in February 2014 at a total cost of £540K excluding land costs.
The families were identified for the new homes based on need. They had all been in temporary accommodation prior to this. The properties were handed over to Barnet Homes at midday on Friday 28 February and by 3pm the residents had signed their new tenancies and received the keys to their new homes.
Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “We are not here to announce broad brush targets, but real homes for Barnet families. I am pleased that we have started building council housing in the borough, and family houses at that, after more than 20 years.
“This is part of something bigger and we expect to build more houses over the coming year, with more new homes the year after that. This council has a very good record of delivering new homes, of all tenures, which is something of which I am very proud.”
Planning applications for six sites in the next phase of development will be submitted by the end of April 2014. These are for 40 homes, across six sites, with a mixture of family homes and flats. It is anticipated that the programme of work will start on site in September and that all sites will be complete by the Autumn of 2015.