Hounslow Council approved a pledge to secure 5,000 new homes by 2022. With over 3,000 families currently on the council’s housing waiting list, many waiting on average three years for a permanent home, as well as many families (on average 4,500) who are chronically overcrowded, these new homes are desperate needed in our borough.
The pledge to secure 3,000 new homes for social rent and 2,000 for shared ownership will help to tackle severe housing need and homelessness, meet growing demands for family sized homes, and support first-time buyers into home ownership.
Hounslow Council has committed to deliver up to 1000 of the new homes through its own house building programmes, funded through our Housing Revenue Account and supported by the Greater London Authority (GLA). We have ambitious plans for working in partnership with housing associations, other public bodies, and with private developers and landowners to secure the remainder.
The Council is committed to find more innovative and effective ways to reach out and engage with local residents, especially those who are seldom heard – the silent majority – to ensure their views are reflected in the design and quality of new homes within the borough.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:
“We are delighted to be given the green light for our ambitious pledge to secure 5,000 new homes by 2022.
“We have no doubt about the pressing and diverse housing needs of our residents and the scale of the challenges involved, but we are committed to respond to those challenges for the benefit of our residents and communities.”
For more information about the housing pledge, please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/5000pledge