Joint funding secures larger homes for growing families in Kingston

£413,000 of joint funding from Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) is being used to extend fourteen Council-owned homes.

This is one of the ways we're addressing increasing demand for three-bedroom housing in the borough.

We are providing £103,250 towards the project, with the remaining £309,750 being a grant from the GLA, the public funding body for housing in London.

Eight homes on the Cambridge Road Estate and six homes on the Kingsnympton Park Estate will be extended from two to three bedrooms, converting garages and unused laundry rooms to provide space for families who are currently in overcrowded accommodation.

The work to transform the units into homes for larger families is due to be completed by the end of December 2015.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Lead Member for Housing at Kingston Council, said:

“We know that growth is fundamental to the success of Kingston as a borough and that an increase in population is a key part of the development of Kingston. We need our housing stock to keep up with demand, and there’s currently not enough. We are addressing this through a large-scale 15 year estate regeneration project, but this plan is in the very early stages, with no construction work likely to start for several years.

“In the meantime, we have to continue to manage our housing stock. There has been a substantial dip in funding for affordable housing, so we must make the most of every available grant, benefiting as many residents as we can.

“We have a large number of families requesting three-bedroom homes. The money we have received will help fourteen households, which is a great start.”

To find out more about housing in Kingston, see housing.