New homes on Kersfield Estate
Published: Friday, February 12, 2021
Work to build 41 homes on Kersfield Estate in Putney has begun.
The new apartments are part of Wandsworth Council’s Housing for All programme to build 1,000 homes by 2025 prioritised for local residents, key workers and other workers.
They will be built in seven blocks, between two and four storeys high across the existing estate. In total, 14 of the new homes are for social rent housing while the rest will be for open market sale – with all profits being ploughed back in to pay for affordable housing and to improve homeownership opportunities for those living and working in the borough. The apartments will be a mix of one, two or three bed apartments and some will be fully wheelchair accessible.
Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Kim Caddy said: “Despite the latest lockdown it is great to see our Housing for All programme continue at pace. We have completed more than 100 homes so far with many more under construction and this is another step to providing homes for people who want to live in Wandsworth whatever stage in their life they are at.”
The work is being carried out by national contractor and developer, Wates Residential which will start by demolishing an electricity sub-station and old garages to make way for the new homes. Wates will also be making great improvements to the existing estate in general by planting new trees, new soft landscaping, improving the lighting, installing new play areas and resurfacing pathways. There will also be new bin stores, cycle racks and an electric car charging point as part of the further enhancements.
Helen Bunch, Executive Managing Director for Wates Residential, commented: “We are delighted to be continuing in our partnership with the London Borough of Wandsworth in delivering these much-needed homes, and to be supporting them in meeting their housing delivery targets.
“Local communities are at the forefront of what we do so we are pleased that our work will leave a positive lasting legacy in the area, by supporting local people and businesses through our work at Kersfield Estate.”
Wates Residential and Wandsworth Council have made a joint commitment to provide support to local people and businesses in the borough. This includes hosting five apprentices on site, nine work experience placements and a target of 10 per cent spend with local businesses.
The start of work follows an extensive consultation with estate residents to get their views which led to significant reshaping of the plans including reducing the size of the new car park, installing cycle racks and the improved landscaping
Wandsworth Council’s Housing for All programme is an innovative approach to building new homes by identifying unoccupied spaces on council land across the borough which can be developed. The council is also redeveloping two of its biggest estates - the Alton Estate and Winstanley and York. The new homes built alongside plans to build on the town hall site in Wandsworth will mean 3,500 more homes will have been provided by local people over the next 15 years – helping London to reach its housing targets.