Emlyn Gardens work starts

Work is underway to build 14 new affordable homes in Shepherd’s Bush.

The plans were agreed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in May 2017.

The council is working with housing association Shepherds Bush Housing Group on the scheme, which will see the derelict tenants’ hall at Emlyn Gardens redeveloped into 14 affordable rental properties.

The housing association is expected to complete the scheme by January 2020.

“We are committed to increasing the supply of affordable homes in our borough,” said Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing.

“Due to the scarcity of suitable sites and the high price of land we continue to develop council-owned sites, like Emlyn Gardens, whenever and wherever possible.”

As well as new homes, the plans will see a new community centre built for residents of the neighbouring estate. This will replace the former tenants’ hall which could not be used due to its poor condition.

Matt Campion, CEO of Shepherds Bush Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with H&F Council on building more affordable homes. Whenever we build we try to add something back for the existing community so the new community centre will be an important part of the project.”