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Apr 18 2013

Harrow’s 1000th affordable home

harrow_council_logoHarrow Council joined with residents, the developer and housing association to celebrate completion of the borough’s 1,000th affordable home since April 2010.

The Council is committed to building more affordable housing in Harrow . This latest milestone figure has been reached by the development of 332 Northolt Road – made up of 50 new properties, of which 41 are affordable.

Mayor Cllr Nizam Ismail, leader Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar, Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services Cllr David Perry and Portfolio Holder for Housing Cllr Bob Currie, joined representatives from developers Clearview Homes and housing association Home Group, at the complex on Tuesday (April 16). They were given a tour of the new homes and met some residents who had just moved in.

The development contains 28 flats for affordable rent, 13 shared ownership properties (12 flats and 1 house) and nine properties for private sale (8 flats, 1 house). It will bring the total number of affordable homes built in the borough since 2010 to 1011.

Cllr Currie said: “I am very proud we have been able to build 1,000 affordable homes in Harrow in three years. We have built up some strong and successful partnerships which have allowed us to deliver much-needed housing to those who need it most. We will continue focussing on providing affordable housing in the borough and making sure it is available to those who need it most.”

New tenant Leanne Frenchum, who has just moved in with seven-and-a-half month old twins Chelsea and Riley, said: “My new flat is lovely, we’re really happy. It’s great to be independent and have our own space.”

Darren Blake, head of development for Home Group, said: “Home Group is really pleased to be able to deliver this project with Clearview Homes. The development has been an exciting opportunity to work with the London Borough of Harrow to reach this milestone achievement for delivery of affordable housing for local people.”

Harrow Council works in partnership with developers and housing associations to secure agreements for affordable and social housing – which provide vital homes for those who need them in the borough.

With huge pressures on housing- there are just 5,000 council-owned homes and social housing in total only makes up 10% of the borough’s housing stock – affordable housing is key to making sure there are homes for those who need it.

The latest development follows other successful partnerships, including the regeneration of the Rayners Lane estate, Strongbridge Close and Mill Farm Close, which have also included skills training and apprenticeship opportunities for estate residents, and working with housing associations to bring forward developments such as those at Peel Road and Douglas Close including sites formally owned by the Council such as those at Boxtree Lane and Carmelite Way.

Over £90 million has been invested by the government through the Homes and Communities Agency to develop this affordable housing in Harrow .

At Northolt Road , the affordable homes have been designed and built to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and include solar cells on the roof, which is covered by sedum plants. They are also Lifetime Homes and Secure by Design compliant. The development includes provision of 42 cycle racks and links to public transport.

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