Accessible, affordable, sustainable: Construction begins on Kingston’s first council homes in a generation

Accessible, affordable, sustainable: Construction begins on Kingston’s first council homes in a generation

Working with Countryside, Kingston Council is building over 100 much-needed affordable new council homes for its residents.

All of the homes will be high quality and sustainable, benefitting Kingston residents for generations to come, and supporting the council’s aim to reduce the borough’s carbon emissions.

Councillor Andreas Kirsch, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “We know that the country is in the middle of a prolonged housing crisis, and that in Kingston there is a real need for suitable and affordable local housing.

“In our borough, there are nearly 1,000 households living in temporary accommodation and 3,700 on our waiting list for a council home. With property prices and living costs going up, this number is only set to increase unless we act.

“That is why we are delighted to have started building our first programme of new-build council homes in a generation, making the best use of underutilised sites across the borough.”

A CGI of Cumberland HouseDaniel King, Managing Director, West London and Thames Valley, at Countryside, said: “With a proven track record in creating sustainable communities, we are proud to be making significant progress in delivering additional 100 high-quality council homes across the borough with Kingston Council.

“Already in partnership with the Council to deliver the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate, we are committed to improving the quality and affordability of housing in Kingston of which these sites play a key part.”

Work is already underway on three sites across the borough: Cumberland House in Kingston, Cambridge Road in Kingston and York Way in Chessington.

The project is part of an ambitious programme of development across the Council’s portfolio, including the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate.

Building new council homes is one of a number of ways in which Kingston Council are working with partners to meet housing need in the borough. For example, we are working closely with housing associations such as RHP on the Mayor of London’s Shared Ownership Scheme to increase the amount of affordable housing in Kingston, and we are consulting on a new, innovative approach to ending rough sleeping.

Header image shows Councillor Andreas Kirsch with Daniel King.

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