Hounslow Council has reached its target of building 1,000 new council homes six months ahead of schedule.

The authority made the pledge to deliver the properties by April 2022, after the elections in 2018.

The new properties include a range of one to four-bedroom homes for council rent.

Cllr Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, said: “I am extremely proud to say we have hit our target of delivering 1,000 council homes despite the challenges faced through the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic effects Brexit has had on the construction industry because of rising building costs and shortage of skilled workers.

“These have been undoubtedly extremely difficult times for our residents, and I’m delighted that we are delivering new council homes for them.

“We know that good quality council housing can have a fundamental effect on our residents’ lives – influencing better health, leisure, education and employment choices. We are pleased to see that delivering new homes is also contributing to Hounslow’s economic recovery ambitions, creating economic prosperity and much-needed employment choices for our residents.”

The homes have been built across the borough from Chiswick in the east to Bedfont in the west. Among the homes:

  • The flagship scheme at Bristol Court, Feltham provides 94 homes for older people and residents requiring specialist support for dementia and learning difficulties.
  • A refurbishment scheme at Loraine Road in Chiswick provides 20 three-bedroom family homes.
  • The acquisition of 75 homes on the former Civic Centre in Lampton Road provides family and single-person homes within Hounslow.
  • The restoration of a listed building at Burlington House in Bedfont.
  • The new build scheme at Orchard Road, Brentford, is an exemplary scheme in zero carbon design, which can now be used to set a blueprint for the future to deliver a good standard of housing for families. Many of the homes within the programme go far beyond many other housing schemes currently being developed by private developers to respond to the climate emergency declared by Hounslow in 2019.

As well as delivering 1,000 new homes, the council have ensured that schemes provide high-quality landscaping and communal gardens, cycle stores, improved recycling/refuse facilities and electric vehicle charging points. Three new community centres, retail units, a health centre and nine play areas have also been provided for new and existing residents.

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