New funding of £32 million has been agreed with the Mayor of London to help deliver 394 homes in Hammersmith and Fulham.

The additional properties will increase the number built by H&F Council to more than 1,800 over the next 10 years.

“We’re absolutely determined to ensure that we continue to build genuinely affordable homes in the borough,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F cabinet member for the economy.

“Local people must have the chance to stay in H&F, and we’re doing everything we can to provide safe, comfortable and secure homes for the next generation.

“Since Covid hit, we have injected over £90m of funding, along with business rate relief of £134m, into our local businesses and high streets. Building on this investment and on our ambitious Industrial Strategy, we want H&F to be the best place to live and work in Europe while making sure that no one is left behind.”

The new 394 homes will be started in the H&F borough by 2026. The number will include an estimated 186 properties for social rent and 208 at intermediate rent.

The grant will also support H&F’s broader home building programme to add 781 new social rent homes and 505 intermediate homes to the borough. This means that of the 1,800 new low-cost homes coming to H&F, 69 per cent will be for social rent.

Housing providers building homes funded by H&F will also have to meet new building safety and design conditions.

 These include:

  • The installation of sprinklers or other fire suppression systems in new blocks of flats
  • A ban on combustible materials being used in external walls for all residential development, regardless of height
  • Minimum floor-to-ceiling heights and a requirement for private outdoor space.

A ‘sunlight clause’ is included, requiring all homes with three or more bedrooms to be dual aspect, any single aspect one or two-bedroom homes not to be north-facing and at least one room to have direct sunlight for at least part of the day.

A condition to increase the supply of accessible and affordable housing is included to meet the needs of disabled residents, as set out in the Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People’s Housing Strategy (pdf 3.8MB).

More than 200 new homes are being built at the new Civic Campus development in Hammersmith – 52 per cent of them will be classified as ‘genuinely affordable’ for residents. The plans also include transformation of Grade II-listed Hammersmith Town Hall into a modern public building at the heart of the community alongside a new cinema, shops and restaurants and a public piazza.

Hammersmith has started to build a new ‘EdCity’ education hub, 132 affordable homes and new office space for up to 1,000 jobs in White City. The partnership with education charity Ark also includes a new Ark Swift primary school building, nursery and adult education centre, and a state-of-the-art Youth Zone for residents.

The council is working with the community in White City to create 200-300 homes – with at least half of those being genuinely affordable for local people. The project will also provide new facilities and play space for the White City Estate.

Consultation with Fulham residents has begun to re-build more than 112 new genuinely affordable homes on the Aintree Estate after Hartopp Point and Lannoy Point were demolished for safety reasons. Current plans will double the number of trees planted along Pellant Road and Williams Close, improve local walking routes for pedestrians and be built to ‘Passivehaus’ standards.

The council has also just started working with residents near the former children’s centre at 11 Farm Lane in Fulham Broadway to provide 30 new homes on the site.

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