Labour Councillors have slammed new Westminster Council proposals to use funds generated from selling off properties in Westminster to build new 24 council homes, not where they are needed locally, but in the outer London borough of Hounslow.
Westminster Council’s ‘Housing Investment Strategy and HRA Business Plan 2016/17’strategy floated the potential for out of borough purchases to be considered but this major new scheme to transfer residents to outer London sets a deeply troubling precedent. There is little clarity about how these residents would continue to access Westminster Council services and support.
A separate plan to build new family sized Council homes on Westminster Council owned land is likely to require affordable housing funds from private developments in order to be delivered, as core funds are being allocated to the Hounslow project.
Labour believes that housing funds should be used to deliver new social and genuinely affordable homes…
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