The ground was officially broken as building works commenced on 61 independent living homes at Honeypot Lane, Kingsbury. Brent Council will be working with the developer, United Living South to deliver one-bedroom self-contained residential flats as part of Brent’s New Accommodation for Independent Living (NAIL) project.

The new properties will benefit from communal facilities including a lounge and a dining/cafe area, multi-use room, assisted bathroom, buggy store, kitchen and an external landscaped courtyard. There will also be mobility scooter storage and parking.

The ground breaking ceremony took place last week and was attended by Cllr Muhammed Butt, the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform and Cllr Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning. Other guests were local councillors, staff from the neighbouring NHS Kingswood NHS Centre and United Living South representatives including the Managing Director, Gordon O’Regan.

These homes are part of the council’s programme to build 1,000 new council homes in the next five years for Brent residents.  The council is directly funding the £300 million programme to build these new homes along with £95 million from the Mayor of London.

As part of the new scheme, United Living South and Brent Council have also made a joint pledge to carry out improvements to the communal gardens of the neighbouring NHS Kingswood Centre, a new pump and safety fencing for the existing pond and paving works.

Gordon O’Regan, Managing Director at United Living New Homes, said: “We are proud to assist Brent Council’s innovative NAIL project by constructing new and improved accommodation for independent living. Enhancing the communities in which we work is one of our core company values and this project will greatly boost the lives of residents who most need it.”

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform said: “We are looking forward to working with United Living South on this exciting project. We want all residents to enjoy a great quality of life and these independent living homes will support people to do just that. I’m delighted we’re working with the Kingswood Centre, as well, to improve the local environment.”

The homes are due to be completed by June 2022.

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