One hundred twenty-five local families will benefit from new council homes at Watling Gardens, Cricklewood, after Cabinet gave construction the go-ahead on Monday, June 20 2022.

Following last week’s announcement that Brent is investing in 155 new homes at the Alperton Bus Garage Development, this latest approval marks a leap towards creating 1,700 new council homes by 2028.

The high cost of private rented housing was one of the biggest issues identified by Brent’s Poverty Commission, which recommended making building more council homes a priority.

Watling Gardens will consist of 125 new council homes, including 45 extra care homes specially designed for disabled and older people, 24 shared ownership homes to provide an affordable means of getting on the property ladder and 56 London Affordable Rent homes. Building works are expected to begin early next year (2023).

Councillor Promise Knight, cabinet member for housing at Brent Council, said: 

 “We are invested in much-needed council homes, helping local families into affordable, secure homes. This decision to build another 125 properties as council homes in the Watling Gardens Development is yet another step to hitting our promise to create 1,700 council homes by 2028. We are driving that promise forward almost weekly.

“Brent’s Poverty Commission clearly set out that a safe, secure home is the foundation for every family to build upon. We are determined to keep building and providing those homes for the families who live in Brent.”


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