Former Council site provides 100% affordable housing development

Release Date: 06 November 2017

A former industrial site, sold by Richmond Council to deliver low cost housing, has been transformed into a 24-home affordable housing development in Heathfield by RHP. 

The land, formerly called Mill Farm, was disused for many years. The Council was determined to see the site developed, providing benefit to local residents and workers in Richmond with a housing need. RHP was selected to deliver the 100% affordable housing development, with all properties available at low rents.  The scheme also qualified for £360,000 of grant funding from the Mayor of London’s Affordable Housing Programme.

The development is now called Whitworth Place. It provides much needed family housing with twenty homes being 2 and 3 bedroomed.  Three of the homes have been specifically designed to accommodate people with disabilities.  The scheme features an imaginatively designed crescent of new housing which provides it with a distinctive character. In addition, the residents will benefit from a landscaped communal amenity space, play areas and associated car parking.

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, along with Cllr Mark Boyle the Cabinet Member for Housing, attended the RHP launch of the scheme – meeting the new tenants of Whitworth Place, as they settle into their new homes.

Cllr Mark Boyle, said:

“As a Council we are committed to finding ways to create new affordable housing opportunities for Richmond residents and worker

“We know this is a significant challenge in Richmond with its high land values and protected open space and that is why we are determined to use Council owned sites where we can to deliver much needed and affordable homes.

“It has long been our ambition to develop the former Mill Farm industrial site. And, I am delighted that RHP has been able to create these high quality homes here and transforming this area. I am particularly heartened that the site has been developed by one of our key delivery partners and I know that their commitment to develop in the Borough, despite these challenges, will continue.”

Tim Willcocks, Development Director at RHP, added:

“Providing high quality new homes is at the heart of what we do here at RHP, and it is always a proud moment to complete another new development which is helping local people. We have a strong partnership with the Council, and this relationship enabled us to create these much needed homes. We look forward to continuing this collaborative working, and creating many more homes in the area that RHP, the Council and the local community can be proud of."

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Reference: P514/17

Updated: 1 December 2017