Hounslow town centre among housing zones
by James Renoux-Wood Fri 20 February 2015, 11:10 am
Hounslow town centre is among the first nine areas in the capital to be designated by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as a housing zone.
Hounslow Council’s successful bid means the town centre will receive £18.5 million to accelerate housing development across 466-ha on three separate sites. As a result, 1,018 homes, 400 of which are earmarked as affordable units, will be built.
The sites are the Civic Centre on Lampton Road, which will provide 750 homes, the Nantley House site, which will house 68 homes, and Hounslow Town School site, where 200 homes will be built.
The Greater London Authority’s £260 million housing zones initiative invited local authorities to put forward brownfield sites considered suitable for the delivery of around 1,000 homes. In addition to funding, successful councils have had planning measures lifted to make the process of building homes easier.
Hounslow Council said the successful bid will kick-start wider regeneration in Hounslow, which will include the expansion of Hounslow Town School and the relocation of council offices, with total investment expected to reach £151 million and almost 3,500 new homes expected to be built by 2025.
Leader of the council, Councillor Steve Curran said: "I am delighted that the mayor has recognised the strength of the case for more housing in Hounslow, and I'm particularly pleased that it will move us much closer to our target of 3,000 affordable new homes by 2018.
“Against the backdrop of weakening support for social housing, this goes a long way towards addressing the enormous need in Hounslow, as well as the enormous potential.”