there any hidden homes in Putney?
today launched the first three "hidden homes" today.
They believe that up to 10,000 new homes could be created
across London if the capital's local authorities rose to the
Wandsworth 'hidden homes challenge'.
council has pioneered techniques to convert previously disused
estate premises into good quality affordable housing.
The council has already identified 200 potential hidden homes
on 22 estates in all parts of the borough.
of the properties are on the ground floor or in basement areas
of their blocks. They include former boiler rooms, laundries
and store sheds. All are currently uninhabitable.
for the conversion costs is coming from the council's own
resources. The first 70 new flats are expected to cost around
member for housing Martin D Johnson called on the Mayor of
London to back the Wandsworth hidden homes challenge throughout
is an imaginative and sustainable way of helping to meet the
demand for affordable housing in London. If
we can generate these numbers from just one borough's housing
stock just imagine the impact if all 33 London councils did
estimate there could be anything from 5,000 to 10,000 disused
spaces on estates throughout the capital which could be converted
into decent living accommodation."
new Wandsworth homes will all be let to people in housing
need. Where applicants have equal priority the council will
give first preference to people living within a one mile radius
of the hidden home.
three Balham Hill flats released today have been created from
previously disused store rooms in Faraday House and Hales
where hidden homes have already been identified include Albert
Bridge Road, Arndale, Ashburton, Aubyn Square, Balham Hill,
Clarence Road, Connor Court, Elspeth and Mysore Road, Fitzhugh,
Lennox, Lockyer House, Park Court, Southlands, St James's
Grove, Surrey Lane, The Pleasance, Tyneham Close, Weybridge
Road, Wilditch, Winterfold Close, Wynter Street and York Road.
homes are also expected to cut down on previous problems of
vandalism associated with disused areas on estates. The
supply of affordable accommodation in the borough is currently
at record levels with around 1300 homes due to come on stream
over the next eighteen months.
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