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Transformational housing conversion project for Kingston families completes

Cllr arora mayor of kingston stands with cllr roberts cabinet member for housing and the brown family in their new extension

To help ease the capital’s housing shortage, garages and disused laundry rooms have been used to convert two bedroom flats into three bedroom flats.

This is part of a joint funding initiative from Kingston Council and the Greater London Authority. 

Eight properties on the Cambridge Road Estate and six on the Kingsnympton Park Estate have seen transformative extensions as a result of the £413,000 initiative. 

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

Among those who have benefited are the Brown family, who have been living on the Cambridge Road Estate for 16 years and were recently paid a visit by Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing. 

Talking about the difference the transformation has made, Kirsty Brown said: 

“This has made such a difference for us - we had our first Christmas in the lovely, big living room and it was just so wonderful to not have to worry about space. It’s given us a much better family life.”

Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor of Kingston, said: 

“It was wonderful to meet Kirsty Brown and see the results of this important extension work. It has clearly made an enormous difference to her family and I am sure the benefit of this additional space will be felt for years to come.”

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing at Kingston Council, said: 

“We have unprecedented demand for three bedroom properties within Kingston and this project has delivered great results for our residents. Wider plans are in place to address this issue through an ambitious large-scale 15 year estate regeneration project, which aims to provide high quality housing and additional homes to the area. However, this project is still in the very early stages, with work not planned for several years, and we need to manage our housing stock in the meantime.

“Meeting Kirsty and her family and hearing how this project has directly benefited her family is wonderful. I wish her and her family every happiness in their new, larger home.”