Former council site provides 100% affordable housing development

7th November 2017

An ex-industrial site sold by Richmond Council has been transformed into a 24-home affordable housing development.

The land in Hounslow, formerly called Mill Farm, has been disused for many years and Council members were determined to see the site developed to provide a benefit to local residents and workers in Richmond with a housing need. We were selected to deliver the 100% affordable housing development to be let at low rents.  The scheme also qualified for £360,000 of grant funding from the Mayor of London’s Affordable Housing Programme.

The 24 homes - now called Whitworth Place - provide much-needed family housing, with 20 two and three-bedroom homes. Three of the homes have been specifically designed to accommodate people with disabilities. In addition, residents will benefit from a landscaped communal space, play areas and associated car parking.

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, along with Cllr Mark Boyle the Cabinet Member for Housing, attended the launch of the scheme.

Tim Willcocks, Development Director at RHP, said:

“Providing high-quality new homes is at the heart of what we do at RHP, and it is always a proud moment to complete another new development which is helping local people. We have a strong partnership with the Council, and this relationship enabled us to create these much-needed homes. We look forward to continuing this collaborative working, and creating many more homes in the area that RHP, the Council and the local community can be proud of".

Cllr Mark Boyle added:

“As a Council we are committed to finding ways to create new affordable housing opportunities for Richmond residents and workers.

“We know this is a significant challenge in Richmond with its high land values and protected open space and that is why we are determined to use Council-owned sites where we can to deliver much needed and affordable homes.

“It has long been our ambition to develop the former Mill Farm industrial site. I am delighted that RHP has been able to create these high-quality homes here and transforming this area. I am particularly heartened that the site has been developed by one of our key delivery partners and I know that their commitment to develop in the Borough, despite these challenges, will continue.”

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