Almost £850,000 has been awarded to Richmond Council to help fund housing at schemes in Twickenham and Teddington.

The funding is part of a Government scheme to allocate cash to councils to help turn brownfield sites into quality housing. It is specifically for preparing land including demolition and utility installation and diversion.

Work to redevelop the Elleray Hall site in Teddington, home to a popular daytime social centre for residents across the borough, has been awarded £250,000.

The vision for the area proposes a new community centre on the nearby, underused North Lane East Car Park and the former depot site.

In addition, the council is proposing to work with a social housing provider to build a 100 per cent affordable housing development with 16 homes on the current Elleray Hall site once the new centre is up and running.

In addition, the Twickenham Riverside redevelopment has been awarded £599,522. The project aims to deliver housing (including 50 per cent affordable homes), office space, shops, a café and pub/restaurant and plenty of open space, including a new Diamond Jubilee Gardens, event space, a children’s play area and pétanque pitches as well as terraced lawns, planting and trees.

Both developments are currently going through the planning process.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, leader of Richmond Council, said: “Subject to the planning process, both of these projects will result in much needed affordable housing in both Twickenham and Teddington.

“We aim to bring back to life two areas that have long since been neglected and create not only improved community resources, but also high-quality affordable homes. I am pleased that the Government has given this funding, which is an endorsement for the delivery of housing on these sites.”

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