Council Survey Shows Support for Estate Redevelopment

Charlton House, Albany House and Albany Parade residents back proposals

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A residents’ ballot held by Hounslow Council has shown significant support for a scheme to redevelop three blocks of flats in Brentford.

People living in Charlton House, Albany House and Albany Parade were asked their views on the proposal. 81% responded to the ballot with 87% of those voting in favour.

Initial proposals suggest that the about 92 existing flats will be redeveloped to provide up to 225 new units. Retail provision will be retained at ground floor level and all secure tenants and resident leaseholders will having the right to return when the work is completed. A planning application is expected sometime later this year with a decision in about March 2022.

The council have undertaken a comprehensive assessment of its 171 estates, with the aim of identifying those that will need to be updated over the next 20 years and this has led to the decision to redevelop the buildings in Brentford. The programme's aspiration is to provide 50% homes at council rent levels with secure tenancy, subject to viability.

Dave Cox, Chair of the Charlton House Residents Association said, "The Yes vote is a vote for a brighter future. As residents, we know what the inherent problems are with the buildings, which will continue no matter how much money is thrown at them. The regeneration will give us a chance to live in up-to-date homes. The Council, in its offer, has committed to fully supporting residents throughout the regeneration and into their new homes."

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View of the estate. Picture: Google Streetview

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said, “This is an overwhelming ‘yes’ to our regeneration plans for Charlton House, Albany House/Albany Parade. It's a fantastic result for the residents and the borough. The Council embarked on its estate regeneration journey early last year, just before the pandemic which then made the journey more challenging, as we were not able to engage and consult with residents in ways that we normally would. However, the results are evidence that we truly worked in partnership with our residents. The result also represents a major milestone in not only delivering brand new council homes but also the first regeneration of a council estate in many years.

“This is an exciting time for residents who have given their clear support for an improved neighbourhood. We are committed to building new council homes, and the proposed 200 new homes as part of this scheme will go a long way to meeting the needs of local people. I look forward to working with the residents and tenants to make this happen, we are also committed to providing new shops and open spaces”.

Pandemic restrictions had an impact for the consultation processes, which still saw council staff talking to residents to explain the proposals and get their thoughts and ideas. Last summer, the Council held a series of open-air workshops to identify residents’ priorities and aspirations for their homes and community. Feedback was used to create the initial designs and over two-thirds of residents attended. During the lockdown, the council’s team says it has been in weekly contact with residents, consulting on the proposals and keeping them informed.

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March 10, 2021

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