Work is underway to build 45 new, genuinely affordable homes for White City residents.
The new homes are part of the 600 genuinely affordable homes secured by Hammersmith & Fulham Council across several developments in the borough.
Lavender Court in White City is a council-owned former 23-room hostel in White City located south of the Westway opposite Heathstan Road. The hostel had fallen into disrepair and needed extensive renovations which were not cost efficient. In February redevelopment plans were approved.
“We are committed to delivering new, genuinely affordable homes so local residents can afford to stay in the borough,” said Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing.
“Wherever we can, we’ll release council-owned land to build new homes. We’re committed to tackling the housing crisis and have secured the largest number of genuinely affordable homes for a decade.”
Work has already started on site and hoardings will soon be erected ahead of the existing building’s demolition in the spring. The foundations will be dug in the autumn, with work continuing apace so that the new homes should be ready by spring 2020.
Not-for-profit developer A2Dominion is developing and managing the new properties. Danny Lynch, A2Dominion’s Director of Land and Development, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council on this opportunity to provide much-needed affordable homes in the borough, where we already manage over 1,200 properties.”
The scheme will provide 45 flats – a mix of 21 one-bed and 24 two-bed homes. Twenty-four homes will be available at affordable rent for those on the council’s housing waiting list and the remaining 21 earmarked for local first-time buyers to buy on a shared-ownership basis. Four of the new homes will be wheelchair accessible.
More affordable homes on the way
Last month, work began to build 30 affordable homes by redeveloping the council-owned Fulham North Housing Office and adjacent car park.
A further 133 affordable homes are planned for the Clem Attlee estate in Fulham at Edith Summerskill House the vast majority at council-level rents with residents given first chance to move in.
The council is also working with A2Dominion on ambitious plans to renovate Hammersmith Town Hall and the western end of King Street with at least 50 per cent genuinely-affordable housing for local residents and a modern new cinema.